Monthly Archives: March 2014

US urges China to respect PH’s arbitration move

MANILA – The United States on Sunday expressed support for the Philippines’ filing of a Memorial before an international arbitral court to support its claims on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). In a statement, US State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf lauded the Philippines’ peaceful ways of seeking a resolution of its dispute […]

China never allows Philippines to seize Ren’ai Reef: FM spokesman

BEIJING, March 29 (Xinhua) — A Foreign Ministry spokesman said here on Saturday that China will never allow the Philippines to occupy the Ren’ai Reef off China’s Nansha Islands in any form. Hong Lei, the spokesman, made the remarks in a written statement in response to the Philippines’ action of sending a supply ship to […]

PH: We are determined to pursue case vs China

MANILA — Amid another incident in the Ayungin Shoal on Saturday, the Philippines said it will not be stopped from pursuing a case against China before an arbitral tribunal under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The country will file Sunday its “memorial” – or written arguments – justifying its […]

Unfazed PH moves to stake claim over disputed seas

MANILA — Notwithstanding the recent actions of China, the Philippines proceeded to file its 4,000-page Memorial before a United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea-backed (UNCLOS) arbitral tribunal insisting its claim over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). “With firm conviction, the ultimate purpose of the memorial is our national interest. It’s […]

Philippines supply ship evades Chinese vessels

A Philippine government ship slipped past a Chinese coast guard vessel Saturday and brought food and fresh troops to a marooned navy ship used as a base by Filipino troops to bolster the country’s territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea. The incident was witnessed by journalists who were invited by the Philippines military […]

China-U.S. Relations: The Myth of the Thucydides Trap

In recent years, especially since the beginning of this decade, the term “Thucydides trap” (between China as a rising power and U.S. as an established one) has gained increasing currency among policymakers, advisers, and China experts in Western research institutes and think tanks. The fear is that as its power increases, China will eventually choose […]

Philippines to proceed with UN arbitration over South China Sea

MANILA — The Philippines will proceed with its legal case against China at the United Nations tribunal over Manila’s claims to parts of the disputed South China Sea, despite pressure from Beijing to delay or drop the case, lawyers for the Philippines’ legal team said yesterday. Manila is seeking a ruling to confirm its rights […]

Is a Philippine-Vietnam Alliance in the Making?

Walden Bellow, a representative of Akbayan (Citizens’ Action Party) in the Philippine House of Representatives, recently wrote an opinion-editorial in Foreign Policy in Focus (March 18) entitled, “A Budding Alliance: Vietnam and the Philippines Confront China.” Bello argued that, “The Philippines and Vietnam are natural allies in their common struggle against China’s drive for hegemony […]

Can Asia prevent its own Crimea?

With the world watching Ukraine with wary eyes, the U.S. Navy’s lead admiral in the Pacific suggested Asia could face a similar crisis if the continent’s other major power continues on its current path. Since 2009, China has stepped up what Philippine officials have called a “creeping invasion” in the South China Sea. Although less […]