What does Beijing want from the China-Philippine clash in the South China Sea?

Tension in the South China Sea escalated to a new height when a fierce clash between the China Coast Guard and Filipino military personnel recently broke out at the Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratly Islands. It’s been one of the tensest moments between China and the Philippines recently. However, the incident is a predictable move by Beijing to claim sovereignty in the region and to warm up to a potential confrontation in the Taiwan Strait with the U.S.

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