China increasingly isolated as France, Britain set sail for disputed seas

France and Britain are set to sail through the South China Sea next week, joining international efforts to stand up to the Asian military superpower. MANILA, Philippines – France and Britain announced they will sail through the South China Sea next week to join international efforts to stand up to China’s increasing aggressiveness in the […]

South China Sea: US warships sail near disputed islands as Beijing pledges to defend sovereignty

Two US Navy warships have sailed near South China Sea islands claimed by China, two US officials say, in a move likely to anger Beijing as President Donald Trump seeks its continued cooperation on North Korea. The operation was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing’s efforts to limit freedom of navigation […]

Protests Over, China Seen More Empowered to Militarize a Disputed Sea

TAIPEI — Beijing weathered only light protests against its reported missile installations in the Spratly Islands, making it easier to strengthen its military outposts in the disputed South China Sea, analysts say. Vietnam demanded May 8 that China remove any missiles but did not push further. The Philippines has “active mechanisms” to discuss militarization of […]

China is not even pretending anymore in the South China Sea — it put 400 buildings on one of the disputed islands

Satellite imagery shows that China has put nearly 400 buildings on Subi Reef in the South China Sea. Data shows that the number of buildings on Subi Reef is about double that on China’s other large outposts in the hotly contested region, known as the Spratly Islands. Experts are concerned about China’s increasing militarization of […]

PH urged to condemn China’s deployment of bombers in disputed waters

MANILA- The Philippines should condemn China’s deployment of long range bombers on disputed islands in the South China Sea, an analyst said Sunday. Anders Corr, an analyst with The Journal of Political Risk, said Beijing’s move is part of a “continuing process of incremental takeover” and that a closer alliance with Washington would be beneficial […]

Analyst’s take on Duterte’s remarks about arms buildup in disputed sea

GMA News’ resident analyst Richard Heydarian on Thursday said that President Rodrigo Duterte’s remark that there is no point in questioning China’s militarization of the South China Sea was “wrong.” In an interview on News To Go, Heydarian opposed Duterte’s view that engaging in war with China was the only way to assert the Philippines’ […]

How China’s military play in disputed waters could torpedo Rodrigo Duterte’s foreign policy shift

Richard Heydarian writes that the fate of the Philippine president’s post-America foreign policy likely is to be decided by what happens in the contested South China Sea For almost two years, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has painstakingly moved to normalise bilateral relations with China. A consummate pragmatist, the mayor-turned-president views the Asian powerhouse as an […]

Is the South China Sea Dispute a Foregone Conclusion?

The security temperature in the South China Sea (SCS) has ratcheted precipitously in recent weeks. On May 2, news outlet CNBC reported U.S. intelligence that China has installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missiles on three fortified outposts in the Spratly Islands. This deployment follows the installation in April of jamming equipment that disrupts military […]

The South China Sea Disputes: Will Taiwan’s Role Be Enhanced?

HAIKOU (IPP Review) — For many years, Taiwan’s interests and role in the South China Sea disputes have essentially been officially ignored. But with the election of U.S. President Donald J. Trump and his appointment of John Bolton as National Security Adviser, its influence on and involvement in such issues may increase substantially. Bolton in […]