Monthly Archives: January 2018

China vows “necessary measures” after U.S. warship nears Huangyan Island

BEIJING, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) — A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saturday vowed “necessary measures” will be undertaken to safeguard the country’s sovereignty after a U.S. warship entered waters surrounding Huangyan Island in the South China Sea. When responding to a relevant question from the press, spokesperson Lu Kang confirmed that the USS Hopper, a guided […]

Carpio’s terms for PH Rise research

  THE latest issue on Philippine Rise, formerly known as Benham Rise, focused on Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio’s statement that China should not be allowed to conduct marine scientific research in Philippine Rise which the United Nations Commission on the Law of the Sea has recognized as part of the Philippine extended continental […]

China is a disruptive force, U.S. Pacific military chief says Sanjeev Miglani

The three countries – the United States, Japan and India – have grown increasingly concerned about China’s assertive military posture in the region and sought to draw closer, with Australia, in a “quad” of liberal democracies.   “I believe the reality is that China is a disruptive transitional force in the Indo-Pacific, they are owner […]

Carpio: PH should refuse China’s request for marine research in Philippine Rise

Carpio: PH should refuse China’s request for marine research in Philippine Rise Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, Januaray 15) — “If a bully has squatted on your front yard, and requests to look at your backyard, would you grant the request of the bully?” Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio posed this question in the wake of […]

Philippine brass up in arms on the South China Sea

Filipino military chief Delfin Lorenzana is again at odds with his government’s softly-softly approach to China’s maritime ambitions Under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s chairmanship of Asean in 2017, the regional bloc maintained that the situation in the South China Sea was generally stable, meaning there was no need for confrontation or criticism of China’s activities, […]

  Statement of Justice Antonio T. Carpio On China’s Request to Survey Benham Rise

There is no Philippine law specifically regulating marine scientific research (MSR) in our extended continental shelf (beyond the 200 NM EEZ) like Benham Rise.    However, the Philippines having ratified UNCLOS, this international convention is part of the Philippine legal system.  Under Article 246 of UNCLOS, the Philippines has an obligation to allow foreign states […]

Canberra: Tribunal ruling on South China Sea reflects international law, should be implemented

  “We believe that [ruling] reflects international law and we support a rules-based international order,” Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely said at the BusinessMirror Coffee Club Forum on Wednesday. She noted that the decision of the International Court of Arbitration in The Hague “is a very important and fundamental value and principle that is at the […]