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Philippines Digs in Heels in South China Sea While Also Cautioning Restraint

A U.S. Navy helicopter ferries supplies aboard the USS Ronald Reagan, a forward-deployed aircraft carrier now operating in close proximity to Chinese naval forces in the South China Sea. Image via US7th Fleet.

The Philippines appears to be employing a strategy of resolve and restraint in the South China Sea amid some of the most dangerous confrontations with China in recent memory.

Manila said it will continue to re-supply a ship it grounded in the area that functions as a territory-marking outpost, despite China’s apparent attempt to block or discourage it from doing so.

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