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Views From Manila on China-Philippines Confrontations in South China Sea

Philippine fishing boat "Moises" sailing past a Chinese Coast Guard ship after the former was blocked from sailing near the Scarborough Shoal in disputed waters of the South China Sea. Ted ALJIBE / AFP

The recent confrontations between Chinese and Filipino vessels in the South China Sea are prompting significant commentary in the Philippines media, where it appears that public opinion toward China is hardening. Commentators have taken a distinct tough line on the relationship, accepting that it’s going to be tough going in the years ahead.

Here’s a sample of some of the perspectives from several of the Philippines’ leading newspapers:

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