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Philippines Asserts Security Independence In South China Sea

MANILA — The Philippines will continue to maintain and supply its outposts in the South China Sea without seeking permission from any other country, the country’s national security adviser said.

The Philippines national security council said Saturday it reaffirmed its commitment to uphold its sovereign rights and jurisdiction over the Second Thomas Shoal.

“Our operations are conducted within our own territorial waters and exclusive economic zone, and we will not be deterred by foreign interference or intimidation,” said National Security Adviser Secretary Eduardo Ano.

The Philippine agency issued a statement in response to China’s suggestion that the Philippines must first notify Beijing over access.

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