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A Fishing Boat Attack Highlights the Rocky Status of U.S.-Philippine Defense Ties

Lino Miani
Board of Contributors
Aug 5, 2019 | 09:30 GMT
Jaypee Gordiones, Felix Dela Torre and Richard Blaze (left to right), crew members of a fishing vessel that sank after it collided with a Chinese fishing boat off Reed Bank in the South China Sea, are mobbed by journalists following a news conference in Manila on June 28, 2019.

Crew members of a fishing vessel that sank after it collided with a Chinese fishing boat off Reed Bank in the South China Sea are mobbed by journalists following a news conference in Manila on June 28. The United States is hemming and hawing about backing up the Philippines against China.

(TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

Unwilling to confront Beijing in the South China Sea, Washington is remaining vague about what a recent Chinese assault on a Philippine fishing boat means for a U.S.-Philippine defense treaty....

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