Monthly Archives: November 2016

U.S. Naval Patrols Threaten Sovereignty, Chinese Think Tank Warns

American military vessels and aircraft carried out more than 700 patrols in the South China Sea region during 2015, making China the U.S.’s No. 1 surveillance target, according to a report by China’s only state-backed institution dedicated to research of the waters. The patrols pose a threat to China’s sovereignty and security interests, said the […]

Philippine fishermen decry Duterte’s disputed shoal ban

MANILA – Philippine fishermen on Wednesday criticized President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to ban them from a rich South China Sea fishing ground, part of his efforts to ease tensions over disputed waters controlled by China. Duterte’s aides said he had made a “unilateral” declaration to make the lagoon at Scarborough Shoal a protected marine sanctuary, […]

China is no longer ruining their livelihoods, but these Filipino fishermen aren’t entirely grateful

A Filipino fishing association estimates that about 30% of some 4,000 fishermen have been affected by the closing of the Scarborough Shoal. Efren Forones jumped from his chair when he saw the news report on TV. Boats were coming back from Scarborough Shoal. Fishermen were wading through shallow waters carrying buckets spilling over with fish. […]

Philippines to Declare Marine Sanctuary in South China Sea

HONG KONG — Philippine officials said Monday that President Rodrigo Duterte planned to declare a marine sanctuary and no-fishing zone at a lagoon within Scarborough Shoal, a reef China seized in 2012. The announcement followed Mr. Duterte’s meeting with President Xi Jinping of China on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meeting in […]

Philippines president to declare disputed area in South China Sea a no-fishing zone

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to issue a formal order declaring a sprawling lagoon in a disputed South China Sea shoal a maritime sanctuary where Filipinos and Chinese will be prohibited from fishing, officials said in a statement Monday. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said Duterte relayed his plan to […]

Experts warn vs PH ceding Scarborough to China, isolating nation

Maritime and law experts on Monday warned the Philippine government against unwittingly ceding Scarborough Shoal to China and isolating itself by pushing away allies like the United States. Dr. Jay Batongbacal, director of the University of the Philippines (UP) Institute of Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea (IMLOS), told reporters that the Philippines should […]