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South China Sea

Manila 'will protect' its territory in new South China Sea row

Duterte asserts UN ruling, with backing from US, Japan, Australia, UK, Canada

A satellite aerial view of a set of fishing vessels at Whitsun Reef, which Manila calls the Julian Felipe Reef, on March 23   © Reuters

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte told the Chinese envoy to Manila in a meeting that the Philippines will protect its territory amid the latest spat in the disputed South China Sea, his spokesperson said on Thursday.

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