Filipinos retrace historic China voyage

The boats, replicas of a balangay, a type of vessel used in the region as far back as 320 AD, left Manila on Saturday. Sultan Paduka Batara sailed to China on a balangay in 1417 to pay tribute and to trade.
The boats, replicas of a balangay, a type of vessel used in the region as far back as 320 AD, left Manila on Saturday. Sultan Paduka Batara sailed to China on a balangay in 1417 to pay tribute and to trade.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

15th century journey recreated to highlight longstanding links amid S. China Sea tensions

Three wooden boats from the Philippines, crafted from a centuries-old design, were due to arrive in the southern Chinese port city of Xiamen yesterday, completing a journey that retraces a historic trip by a Filipino sultan.

The boats set off from Manila on Saturday, and followed a route that took them through the disputed South China Sea.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 03, 2018, with the headline 'Filipinos retrace historic China voyage'. Print Edition | Subscribe