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The Chinese Media Narrative About the South China Sea: It’s Everyone Else’s Fault

Chinese Coast Guard vessel (L) blocks the ML Kalayaan chartered supply boat (R) during a mission to deliver provisions at Second Thomas Shoal in the South China Sea on November 10, 2023. JAM STA ROSA / AFP

The emerging Chinese media narrative about the escalating confrontation with the Philippines over territorial disputes in the South China Sea largely blames the United States and other outside “trouble-makers” for manipulating the Philippines to serve as their proxy in this conflict.

The premise, according to Chinese state-controlled and Communist Party-backed media outlets, is that absent the United States, the South China Sea region would be “peaceful and stable.”

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