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Philippines-China Rail Cooperation In Crosshairs as Maritime Tensions Escalate

The Chinese government rejected allegations by the Philippines that one of its navy vessels violated territorial boundaries last week and said the PLA Navy's movements were "reasonable and lawful." Image via the Armed Services of the Philippines.

The Philippines is in a juggling act as tensions with Beijing escalate in the South China Sea but the countries remain engaged in multiple infrastructure projects.

The two sides recently updated a Belt and Road deal prioritizing construction of two bridge projects and the Philippines Department of Transportation said in August China was the “best option” for funding three major railway projects.

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