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Manila's hostile Sabah grab is a page out of China's playbook

Philippine actions will encourage Beijing's unfounded South China Sea claims

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Kinabatangan River winds its way through the forest in State of Sabah: Manila's claim over Sabah is centered on semantics and has no legal merit whatsoever.   © Sipa/AP

Dhesegaan Bala Krishnan is a research scholar at the Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya, Malaysia.

The Philippines' decades-old contention that Sabah is not part of Malaysia has taken a sharp turn after the country's House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs recently approved House Bill 6399.

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