Thursday, April 6, 2017

President Duterte Orders The Philippine Military To Occupy Disputed Islands In The South China Sea

New York Times: Duterte Orders Military to Parts of South China Sea Claimed by Philippines

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines ordered his country’s military on Thursday to deploy in areas of the South China Sea that are claimed by the Philippines. The step was a significant departure from Mr. Duterte’s previous policy of not antagonizing China, which claims most of the sea.

Mr. Duterte said during a visit to a military headquarters on Palawan Island that he would personally raise the Philippine flag on Pag-asa Island on June 12, the country’s Independence Day.

Pag-asa, also known as Thitu, is one of the Spratly Islands, an archipelago of about 14 islets and dozens of reefs and shoals scattered near the middle of the South China Sea. China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines have overlapping claims in the archipelago, which has no native population. They are west of Palawan Island.

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More News On President Duterte Ordering The Philippine Military To Occupy Disputed Islands In The South China Sea

South China Sea: Philippines' Duterte sends troops to unoccupied islands -- BBC
Philippines' Duterte orders occupation of isles in disputed South China Sea -- Reuters
Philippines to occupy and fortify Spratly islands it holds -- AP
Philippines’ Duterte orders troops to disputed South China Sea in possible new rift with Beijing -- Washington Post
South China Sea: Duterte orders Philippines military to occupy islands -- CNN
Rodrigo Duterte Deploys Troops to Occupy Islands in Disputed South China Sea -- TIME
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte orders troops to live on islands in South China Sea -- Sydney Morning Herald
Duterte orders troops to occupy South China Sea reefs -- Al Jazeera
Duterte Orders Philippine Troops, Military Construction on S China Sea Islands -- Sputnik
Duterte orders AFP to occupy Philippine islands in South China Sea -- Philippine Star

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