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Naval operations of foreign powers refute China’s claim, enforce arbitral award

MANILA, Philippines — Freedom of navigation and overflight operations of naval powers in the South China Sea serve as an advantage for the Philippines, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said Friday. Speaking at a forum on the West Philippine Sea, Carpio noted that several countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Japan, India […]

Carpio rebuts Duterte: China ‘not in possession’ of West Philippine Sea

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday said the Philippines is “not in the position” to assert its rights in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) because China “is in possession” of it. Wrong, said Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio. “China is not in possession […]

Carpio fact-checks Duterte: China not occupying West Philippine Sea

  MANILA, Philippines — Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio on Monday refuted President Rodrigo Duterte’s claim that China is in possession of the West Philippine Sea. He said China occupies only the seven artificial islands in the Kalayaan Island Group (Spratly Islands), Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, and Sandy Cay, which covers less than 10 […]

South Korea fires ‘warning shots’ as ‘Russian and Chinese aircraft violate’ its airspace

SOUTH KOREA’s defence ministry has confirmed its military fired warning shots after Russian and Chinese aircraft violated its airspace on Tuesday. The warning shots were fired after Russian military jets intruded into the Republic of Korea’s airspace. The confrontation comes after the Putin-Kim summit, where Russia has stepped up its economic ties with North Korea. […]

LOCALIZED SEA DENIAL: COUNTERING CHINESE AGGRESSION IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA

“Free and open access to the South and East China Seas is critical to both regional security and international commerce…Through its illegitimate efforts to build and militarize islands in the region, the Chinese Communist Party has aggressively attempted to control these critical waterways and undermined international law. This legislation makes clear that any individual or […]

Duterte says South China Sea dispute is ‘delicate balancing act’

  MANILA — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is treading carefully for once. Keen to keep Chinese money rolling into his country despite domestic pressure over his overtures toward Beijing, Duterte said Monday he is performing a “delicate balancing act” on the South China Sea territorial dispute with China. The president used an annual national address […]

Duterte on imposing arbitral ruling in South China Sea row: ‘In due time’

MANILA, Philippines — “In due time.” President Rodrigo Duterte said this Monday as he touched the issue on the country’s sovereign rights over the West Philippine Sea in his fourth State of the Nation Address at the Batasang Pambansa. “Of course we will do, in due time,” said Duterte on enforcing the historical arbitral ruling, […]

The bully in the South China Sea

Preaching is one of the things that Chinese leaders and officials do –and do brilliantly – on the international stage. Wherever they go, they always preach about how international relations should be conducted and paint their country as a responsible, benign and altruistic power. Chinese President Xi Jinping has used speeches at international forums such […]