#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 21, 2018

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CHINESE BOMBER. A video posted by the state-owned People's Daily of China shows a Chinese bomber in takeoff and landing training on an island reef in the South China Sea. Screengrab from People's Daily










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If you missed the wedding of Britain's Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle, you can catch the highlights here.

Meantime, instead of publicizing a diplomatic protest against China in response to the landing of Chinese bombers on the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it will not publicly condemn China for what some senators described as a "creeping invasion" of our territory."

In a statement released after 2 days of silence on the matter, the DFA said it is "closely monitoring developments" in the area. "We are taking the appropriate diplomatic action necessary to protect our claims and will continue to do so in the future," the DFA said in a statement. More on this story here.

A US think tank previously reported that nearly all of the Philippines falls within the radius of the bombers. This includes Manila and all 5 Philippine military bases earmarked for development under the US-Philippines Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement.

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