Stressing the need for negotiations, an analyst said Chinese Filipinos should bridge the Philippines and China as the two countries suffer the lowest point in their diplomatic relations. Marwyn Samuels, who has written extensively about the dispute over the South China Sea, said Chinese Filipinos “should be proactive and seek to gain the understanding of China and to represent the Filipino people and society.” They comprise at least 1.5% of Philippine population but dominate the economy. Two of the Philippines’ wealthiest men, Henry Sy and Lucio Tan, come from Chinese families. Manila and Beijing are locked in an escalating dispute over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
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