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Multilateral Support for the Philippines Could Alter Course of Conflict With Beijing in South China Sea

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Frederick Hatch steams away from a pier in Tacloban, Philippines, Monday, Oct. 23, 2023. Image via the U.S. Coast Guard.

If conflict were to break out in the South China Sea, the Philippines faces a much larger and more sophisticated military in China, which now has the world’s biggest naval fleet.

That has put a growing focus on support Manila might receive in the event of hostilities with China, from official allies like the U.S. to less formal potential partners.

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