Monthly Archives: April 2015

Pushing Back Against a Chinese Lake in the South China Sea

China’s aggressive actions in the South China Sea are prompting a soul-searching query from Hanoi to Washington: At what point does a sliced-up salami cease being a salami at all? In a short space of time, China’s unilateral and incremental efforts to carve out a greater presence in the South China Sea — by, for […]

The Rule of Law Is China’s Challenge in the South China Sea

News that the People’s Republic of China is claiming ownership of and enlarging the size of some disputed islands in the South China Sea, and building air strips to enhance its ability to project its air power in the region, has been met with predictable alarm by a variety of countries in the region and […]

Lengthening Chinese Airstrips May Pave Way for South China Sea ADIZ

Never underestimate Chinese engineering. First the Great Wall, then the Grand Canal, and now the Great Wall of Sand. China is rapidly augmenting features in the South China Sea (SCS) on industrial scale—hundreds of acres (more than 4 square km)—that even its neighbors combined cannot match. “Features,” is the key word here, because many were previously […]

Malaysia Urges Peaceful Solution to ASEAN Disputes with China

BANGKOK— Southeast Asian leaders said China’s island-building efforts in the South China Sea threaten to undermine the “peace, security and stability” of the region. A statement issued at the end of the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, in Malaysia, noted “serious concerns” on Chinese land reclamation in the sea, calling for “self-restraint […]

Justice Carpio: China’s reclamation poses ‘national crisis’ for PHL

China’s aggressive reclamation over the West Philippine Sea may result in a national crisis for the Philippines, Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said. In a lecture on Thursday, Carpio explained that China’s efforts, intended to give teeth to its “nine-dashed line” claim over nearly the entirety of the South China Sea, have “grave implications […]

China & global commons

WHAT is it to belong to the global commons? Some Filipinos have remained neutral on the issue of territorial and maritime disputes with China. Most of the Filipinos thought that things will pan out to the interests of both parties since we have a shared history what with the Philippines being a haven to Chinese […]

Reclamations ‘may undermine peace’

LANGKAWI, Malaysia: Reclamation works in the disputed South China Sea, where China has constructed an airstrip and other structures on coral reefs, threaten to “undermine peace, security and stability” in the region, Southeast Asian leaders warned on Monday. Beijing’s assertion of sovereignty over almost all the sea–also claimed in parts by several other Asian nations–has […]

Philippines calls on ASEAN to urge China to halt land reclamation

The Philippines called on its Southeast Asian neighbours to unite in urging China to halt reclamation of land in the South China Sea, but the call failed to raise widespread support ahead of a regional summit. China claims 90 per cent of the South China Sea, which is believed to be rich in oil and […]

Southeast Asia Divided on Response to Chinese Reclamation in South China Sea

KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines pushed Southeast Asian neighbors to take a stand against China’s expanding footprint in the South China Sea at a summit of the region’s trade and security bloc.   Read more:

China’s reclamation can create a national crisis

The elegant Ayuntamiento’s Salon de Baile (Marble Hall) was the setting of last Thursday lecture on the “South China Sea Dispute” by Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Tirol Carpio. As some may recall, the Ayuntamiento, the Old City Hall of Manila, was the Ancestral Home of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial departments of our […]