Monthly Archives: March 2015

Introduction of Lecturer for the Antiquarian Map Exhibit Atty. Stephanie V. Gomez-Somera 21 February 2015 Lopez Museum and Library

Introduction of Lecturer for the Antiquarian Map Exhibit Atty. Stephanie V. Gomez-Somera Institute for Maritime and Ocean Affairs Today I have the privilege to introduce our guest lecturer for the opening of the antiquarian map exhibit, Common Ground. Excellence is the hallmark of this man’s career. He was the valedictorian of Class 1975 of the […]

Indonesian president says China’s main claim in South China Sea has no legal basis

(Reuters) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo said one of China’s main claims to the majority of the South China Sea had no legal basis in international law, but Jakarta wanted to remain an “honest broker” in one of Asia’s most thorny territorial disputes. Widodo’s comments in an interview with a major Japanese newspaper came as […]

Palace: Widodo’s statement on sea row consistent with PH stance

MALACANANG welcomed Monday the statement of Indonesian President Joko Widodo, criticizing China’s position on the South China Sea. Widodo said, “One of China’s main claims to the majority of the South China Sea has no legal basis in international law.” “This is consistent with the Philippine position that the so-called nine-dash line theory underpinning China’s […]

Can Congress Stop China in the South China Sea?

A bipartisan effort is emerging to highlight dangerous trends in Asia—and specifically in the South China Sea. But will Obama listen? The balance of power in Asia is changing—and not in Washington’s favor. No longer can the United States count on simply massing forces Gulf War I style and quickly coming to the aid of […]

Senators seek U.S. strategy to stop China’s South China Sea reclamation

(Reuters) – Leading U.S. senators expressed alarm on Thursday at the scale and speed of China’s land reclamation in the South China Sea and said a formal U.S. strategy was needed to slow or stop the work. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Republican Senators […]

Vietnam, Australia call for ‘self-restraint’, warn against force in South China Sea

Vietnam and Australia today called for “self-restraint” in the South China Sea and warned against the unilateral use of force – an obvious reference to China’s increasingly aggressive presence that has stirred concerns across the disputed region. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung – who met Australian counterpart Tony Abbott in Canberra to sign deals […]

India backs peaceful resolution of sea row

MANILA, Philippines–India has assured the Philippines that it will promote the peaceful resolution of the South China Sea territorial and jurisdictional disputes after Manila called anew for the global community’s assistance in helping put a stop to China’s massive reclamation activities. India has its own territorial issues with China. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) […]

In photos: China’s construction of military bases in Spratlys

MANILA, Philippines – Recently published satellite images of China’s land reclamation in the Spratly Islands show that they are constructing large, multi-story buildings as well as a possible airstrip and harbor that can accommodate military planes and ships. The satellite image analysis published on Medium.com by Victor Robert Lee March 16 show the ongoing construction […]