South China Sea: Duterte warns Beijing of 'suicide missions' to protect disputed island

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Philippine military warns that hundreds of Chinese vessels have ‘swarmed’ the Manila-held Pag-asa island

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned Beijing to back off from a disputed island in the South China Sea, warning of “suicide missions” if China touches it.

Duterte, aiming to attract trade and investment from China, has mostly withheld his early criticism of Beijing’s expansive claims to the sea – a point of regional contention because trillions of dollars of goods pass through it.

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