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Philippines Ramps Up Protests Against China With Marcos in Power

Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Photographer: Ezra Acayan/Getty Images

In just over 70 days under President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the Philippines has lodged 52 protests against Beijing over the South China Sea, signaling pushback from the new government amid an ongoing territorial dispute.  

The diplomatic protests were filed due to China’s “incursions” and “illegal presence” in the South China Sea, including the conduct of maritime scientific research, Philippine Foreign Affairs spokesperson Teresita Daza said in a mobile-phone message Tuesday.