Category Archives: West Philippine Sea

PH diplomacy on SCS fits int’l law principles: SC magistrate

MANILA — A Supreme Court associate justice on Friday said the administration’s path to diplomacy in handling the South China Sea dispute with China fits into the core policy objectives of the international law system. SC Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza, during the 7th Biennial Conference of the Asian Society of International Law in Novotel, Manila, […]

Chinese survey ship spotted in PH exclusive economic zone

  MANILA – A Chinese survey ship that was seen earlier this month sailing east of the Philippines was spotted once again inside the Philippine exclusive economic zone (EEZ), maritime experts have confirmed. Chinese oceanographic survey ship “Zhangjian” entered the Philippines’ EEZ, said Ryan Martinson, Assistant Professor of the Chinese Maritime Studies Institute at the […]

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to head to Beijing under pressure to take tough line on South China Sea

  Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will visit China next week, Beijing announced on Friday, after Duterte threatened to cancel talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping if he could not discuss South China Sea disputes. In a brief statement, the Chinese foreign ministry said Duterte would visit China for five days from August 28 at the […]

Australia urges ‘sovereignty’ as South China Sea tensions rise

  HANOI: Australia’s prime minister on Friday (Aug 23) urged nations in Asia to stand up for their “independence and sovereignty”, with tensions high in the disputed South China Sea where Beijing is under fire for increasingly bullish behaviour. Scott Morrison’s comments came after the United States slammed China for its “escalation” in the waterway, […]

US raps China for ‘escalation’ in South China Sea

  WASHINGTON—The United States on Thursday sharpened its criticism of China’s activities in disputed areas of the South China Sea, slamming an “escalation” in efforts to intimidate other claimants” such as Vietnam. China redeployed a government-owned survey vessel — with armed escorts — into the waters off Vietnam earlier this month, the US said. Hanoi […]

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 […]