Washington pledges new hardware for Philippine navy as Manila vows to “stand up to aggression” in South China Sea.
Tensions are once again on the rise between the Philippines and China over a disputed island chain in the South China Sea.
The flare-up started when four Filipino politicians visited Pagasa, one of the contested Spratly Islands.
Chinese officials have declared the visit an act of provocation, adding another chapter to the long-simmering feud over the deserted, but potentially resource-rich, archipelago.
Al Jazeera’s Marga Ortigas reports from Manila on the tensions.