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Manila-Based Chinese Journalist Explains What’s Propelling the Feud With the Philippines

HEADLINE TRANSLATION: If the Philippines and China stir up trouble in the South China Sea, it will play into the hands of the United States.

China’s English-language media framing of the South China Sea confrontation with the Philippines is often very reductive and relies on old tropes that Manila is only confronting China as part of some kind of U.S. conspiracy.

The Philippines, in the view of outlets like Xinhua and China Daily, is acting as a proxy for the U.S. effort to contain China. President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. lacks agency of his own to act in what he feels is Manila’s strategic interest, according to these simplistic Chinese narratives.

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