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Aggression in South China Sea will see new anti-China coalition – Golez

MANILA, Philippines — A former national security adviser predicted that China’s increasing aggression in the South China Sea will spur the creation of a coalition of countries, including the United States, to thwart the Asian giant’s military dominance in the vital sea lanes. “In view of its aggressive stance, China has triggered (the formation of) […]

Japan builds an ‘island wall’ to counter China’s intensifying military, territorial incursions

  MIYAKO, Japan — A high-stakes “game of chicken” is playing out in the East China Sea, as Beijing pokes and provokes Tokyo with an intensifying campaign of aerial and maritime encroachments designed to challenge Japan’s control of disputed islands. Every day, around the clock, Japan scrambles fighter jets and dispatches coast guard vessels to […]

ASEAN must mitigate war without weapons between US and China

  As their trade and technology tensions spread into currency manipulation, the geostrategic rivalry between the U.S. and China is fast becoming a nonmilitary war. It is no longer about trade tariffs and proprietary technologies but involves the full range of mercantilist practices to counter an adversary. While this titanic tussle is reminiscent of the […]

Philippine Trust in China Has Hit 1-Year Low over Maritime Incidents

  Sino-Philippine ties are showing signs of cooling since the two countries made friends in 2016, according to a recent survey on how much Filipinos trust their powerful Asian neighbor. Social Weather Stations, the Metro Manila research institution behind that survey, released new numbers last month saying people’s trust had fallen to a one-year low. […]

House probe on China-backed development of 3 PH isles sought

  MANILA, Philippines — Bayan Muna party-list representatives have filed a resolution seeking a probe into the security implications of Chinese investors’ plan to develop three strategic islands in the northern Philippines. Bayan Muna Reps. Carlos Zarate, Eufemia Cullamat, and Ferdinand Gaite, in filing House Resolution No. 254, said security concerns on the projects are […]

Duterte determined to raise sea ruling with China

  SEEMINGLY unfazed by China’s possible response, Preisdent Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, August 21, assured that he would invoke the arbitral ruling when he visits Beijing. In a speech delivered in Romblon, the President said he would discuss with Chinese President Xi Jinping the Philippines’ landmark win before the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration, whether […]

Duterte betting on joint oil exploration with China to resolve S. China Sea dispute

  MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he hopes that the joint oil and gas exploration with China could help resolve the maritime dispute over the South China Sea. Duterte had welcomed China’s proposal to share oil resources in the West Philippine Sea, the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the disputed waters, as […]

Carpio rebuts Cayetano: ‘Vietnam, Malaysia don’t claim any part of Philippine EEZ’

  MANILA — Vietnam and Malaysia do not claim waters where the Philippines have exclusive rights over natural resources, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said Tuesday, contradicting a remark by House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano. Cayetano on Monday said Vietnam and Malaysia occupy more islands than China in the West Philippine Sea. He […]

Don’t Let Giant Clams Start World War III

  These shells are worth a fortune, but the price in environmental damage and heightened military tensions in the South China Sea is vastly higher. It sounds like a schlocky 1950s horror flick: a war across the Asia-Pacific triggered by a horde of giant clams. Unfortunately, this is not “Roger Corman Presents.” It’s the worst […]