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Manila is a Popular Destination for China’s Rivals

India's External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar will kick off a three-nation tour of Southeast Asia on March 23, 2024. Hiro Komae / POOL / AFP

The tense South China Sea dispute between Beijing and Manila will likely intensify when the top diplomat from China’s primary rival in South Asia tours three ASEAN countries, including the Philippines.

India’s External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar, will visit Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines in a tour that begins on Saturday.

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