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Philippines must stand up for its rights at South China Sea shoal

Fear of escalation should not paralyze defense of international law

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The crew of the BRP Sierra Madre at Second Thomas Shoal in 2014. Recently, China demanded that the Philippines remove the vessel.   © Reuters

Alexander L. Vuving is a professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, Hawaii. The views expressed in this article are his own.

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