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Philippines Eyes Multilateral Approach Against China in South China Sea

Philippine fishing boats in the foreground with a Chinese Coast Guard passing by in disputed waters of the South China Sea. Ted ALJIBE / AFP

The Philippines will increase multilateral activities, including freedom of navigation transits in the South China Sea and hopes more partners will “join our fight” after multiple recent run-ins with Chinese maritime forces.

China’s recent maneuvers “could result in more willing nations to join our fight,” Defence Secretary Gilberto Teodoro said on state-run PTV.

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