Monthly Archives: September 2014

Artificial Islands in the South China Sea

The turbulent South China Sea (SCS) has emerged as a regional flashpoint, with sovereignty disputes over rocks and islands driving increasing tensions. Recently, a new twist to the saga has emerged, in the form of new artificial islands being created by China in an effort to bolster its sovereign claims. While the other claimants in the […]

Beijing’s ingenious strategy to control China Sea: build islands

Having missed out on the prime real estate, China is constructing its own What do you do when all the seats are taken? The Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan and Malaysia control real islands in the South China Sea. “China came very late to this party and missed out on all the good real estate,” writes the […]

France, PHL denounce use of force in South China Sea

Philippines and France, during the visit of President Aquino to France, made a stand to support peaceful settlement of maritime spats in South China Sea. Both countries uphold the rule of law and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. “As President, I believe that with these concerns come the necessity for […]

China Discovers Gas Field in the South China Sea

China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) has announced its first deepwater gas field discovery in the South China Sea, Xinhua reports. The discovery was made by CNOOC drilling rig HYSY 981, the same drilling platform that sparked a diplomatic spat when it was parked within waters claimed by Vietnam as part of its exclusive economic […]

Vietnam, India to Expand Oil Exploration in Contested South China Sea

HANOI—Vietnam and India agreed Monday to expand cooperation in oil and gas exploration and production in contested waters of the South China Sea, despite previous objections from China. The agreement between ONGC Videsh Ltd. and Vietnam Oil and Gas Group, or PetroVietnam, was among several signed between the two countries in Hanoi Monday as part […]

Stanton’s advice to Taiwan on South China Sea not official: AIT

Taipei, Sept. 15 (CNA) The suggestion by a former director of the Taipei office of the American Institute in Taiwan that Taiwan abandon its current approach to making territorial claims in the South China Sea represented his own views, the office said Monday. AIT spokesman Mark Zimmer told CNA that William A. Stanton, who was […]

EU backs PH tack on sea dispute

BRUSSELS—The Philippines and the European Union are on the same page on how to resolve the territorial disputes in the South China Sea: the manner should be peaceful and rules-based. This was made clear when President Aquino sat down Monday, Sept. 15, with European Commission President José Manuel Barroso at the Berlaymont here, as both […]

Opening Remarks of Atty. ELma Christine Leogardo, President, Institute for Maritime and Ocean Affairs

Good afternoon, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen. The Institute for Maritime & Ocean Affairs, or IMOA, is very proud to launch this unique and timely Map Exhibit, September being Maritime Month. We wish to thank Justice Antonio T. Carpio for giving us the privilege to mount this map exhibit based on his own research to […]

Taiwan rejects advice to drop South China Sea claims

Taipei, Sept. 13 (CNA) Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry reiterated its territorial claims in the South China Sea on Saturday after a former U.S. diplomat urged Taiwan to stop using a demarcation line it has long adhered to in laying claim to the disputed waters. The Spratly Islands, Paracel Islands, Macclesfield Bank and Pratas Islands as well […]

Philippines: Ancient Maps Undercut China’s South China Sea Claims

On September 11 the Philippines put “dozens of ancient maps on display” which they say show that China’s territorial claims have not historically included the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. China “seized control” of Scarborough Shoal in June 2012 and has not allowed Philippine fishermen to get close to it since. According to […]