'Silk Road' pledges meant to soften S. China Sea claims: analysts


Posted at May 18 2017 12:00 PM

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MANILA - The Philippines declined further financial assistance from the European Union after President Rodrigo Duterte secured billions of dollars in pledges from China in his second trip to Beijing in less than a year.

Analysts warn, however, that the Belt and Road initiative could be a tactic to soften the claims of Beijing's rivals in the South China Sea. Vivienne Gulla reports.