Regional Outlook, Global Perspective

ANTI-CHINA ACTIVISTS CALL DUTERTE A TRAITOR AMID SPEECH

A group of left-wing activists heckled and disrupted a televised Independence Day speech Tuesday by the Philippine president and called him a “traitor” amid criticism of his handling of territorial disputes with China. A Philippine Supreme Court judge has called on the government to bring China to court for violating the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea with the destruction of coral reefs in a disputed part of the South China Sea, Channel News Asia reports. At the heart of Duterte’s foreign policy is the pursuit of a golden age of bilateral relations with China. What drives this strategic impulse is the fervent hope to usher in a new era of economic partnership with Asia’s biggest economy, writes Richard Heydarian for the South China Morning Post.

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