Philippines’ Duterte prepared to deploy navy over South China Sea claim
MANILA – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (picture) said he is willing to deploy military ships to the South China Sea to assert the country’s claim over oil deposits in a contested part of the waterway.
Duterte, who has embraced China since taking power in 2016, has faced growing domestic criticism for his reluctance to confront Beijing over its activities in Philippine-claimed waters.……
SE Asia Philippines Politics Military
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