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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) […]

What’s Behind the Resumed Vietnam-Philippines South China Sea Activity?

Manila and Hanoi resumed naval personnel interaction on a feature in the disputed waters. On June 22, Vietnam and the Philippines conducted the third iteration of their naval personnel interactions on Southwest Cay in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. In doing so, both sides have effectively resumed an intra-ASEAN confidence-building activity in […]

Trump’s South China Sea Policy Leaves U.S. Allies Perplexed—and Anxious

On June 21, the United States and China held their first-ever Diplomatic and Security Dialogue in Washington. The dialogue, co-chaired on the American side by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, is a new iteration of engagement that evolved from the April meeting between President Donald Trump and his Chinese […]

VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Duterte says the name ‘South China Sea’ reflects China’s historical claim

t’s all in the name, according to President Rodrigo Duterte. The fact that the South China Sea is named such reflects the historical claim of China to it, he said. STATEMENT In an ambush interview April 27 at Malacañang, Duterte told journalists: “They really claim it as their own, noon pa iyan. Hindi lang talaga […]

WHAT IS CHINA DOING IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA? BEIJING REVEALS PLANS FOR HUGE OBSERVATION NETWORK

China has announced plans to set up a submarine observation network that will explore the seabed of the disputed East and South China Sea regions, the first of its kind. Chinese state media outlet Xinhua news reported that the project would collect data to be analyzed in Shanghai, and will be completed within five years […]

Turnbull speaks truth to Beijing on South China Sea

Australian leader warns that coercion risks provoking Asia-wide resistance Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull highlighted the dilemmas facing so-called “middle power” countries in his most significant address on regional affairs at the Shangri- La Dialogue meeting in Singapore of top defense officials. Some of what Turnbull said in his June 2 speech was familiar: the […]

Beijing has fully militarised its manmade South China Sea islands and will add new military bases in Africa and Pakistan, US report says

Beijing’s man-made islands in the South China Sea are now bristling with military hardware as the country seeks to build more bases overseas, a US report says. The base on the hotly-contested Spratly Islands has been outfitted with 24 fighter-sized hangars, runways, water and fuel storage, a large port, communications equipment, fixed-weapon positions and a […]

Beijing has fully militarised its manmade South China Sea islands and will add new military bases in Africa and Pakistan, US report says

Beijing’s man-made islands in the South China Sea are now bristling with military hardware as the country seeks to build more bases overseas, a US report says. The base on the hotly-contested Spratly Islands has been outfitted with 24 fighter-sized hangars, runways, water and fuel storage, a large port, communications equipment, fixed-weapon positions and a […]

South China Sea, Corruption, And Drug Trafficking: Duterte Doesn’t Seem To Know What He’s Doing

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is fighting two wars: a diplomatic war in the South China Sea, and a real war against corruption and drug trafficking at home. He doesn’t seem to know what he’s doing in either of them, leaving the country deeply confused, divided, and at odds with friends and neighbors. That’s something investors […]