China air force lands bombers on South China Sea island
Updated : May 20, 2018 03:51 PM IST
The United States has dispatched warships to disputed areas of the South China Sea in a bid to challenge China's extensive sovereignty claims in the territory, which is subject to various claims by China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Brunei and Malaysia.
Philippine opposition lawmakers condemned China's militarization of the South China Sea and what they said was the inaction of their own government.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte defended his position not to confront China and reiterated his openness to undertake joint exploration and development in waters believed to be rich in oil and natural gas.
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