The Philippines government is beefing up its military presence in the South China Sea in response to what Manila says is increasing Chinese aggression.
- Manila says Chinese vessels have “swarmed” in its maritime territory
- The Philippines says it will use all mean necessary to protect its territory
- The Hague in 2016 said China had no historical title to the sea, following a Filipino case
In recent weeks, Manila said it has witnessed greater belligerence by Chinese vessels in its near 322-kilometre Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), despite four years of an attempted rapprochement with historic rival China.
The Philippines government has set up a South China Sea task force, which has confirmed that more ships and an aircraft will…