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President Duterte and Defense Secretary Lorenzana oversee military exercise (Photo: AFP)
After weeks of news suggesting a new strategic calculus may be emerging in the South China Sea, a number of joint military exercises reinforced the importance of traditional partnerships. However, another round of striking comments from Philippine President Duterte, and late breaking news that the Philippines has officially suspended joint patrols with the US in the South China Sea, suggests that the region has not reverted to business as usual.
President Duterte during an award ceremony on Monay (Photo: NPR)
Construction on Fiery Cross Reef (Photo: Duetsche Welle)
Vietnam’s Coast Guard
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) flag (Photo: Shutterstock.com)
Xi Jinping and Nguyen Phu Trong in Hanoi (Photo: Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images)