Monthly Archives: March 2019

Panelo: Carpio joking about China monitoring his emails, calls

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Friday downplayed the statement of Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio that China was monitoring his phone calls and emails. Panelo was among those who attended the 17th national convention of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Iloilo City on Thursday where Carpio delivered a lecture on the […]

Lacson’s unsolicited advice to Carpio: Be paranoid of Chinese surveillance

Be paranoid. This was the unsolicited advice given by Sen. Panfilo Lacson to Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, who earlier claimed that China had been eavesdropping on his phones calls and tracking his e-mail. Carpio, a member of the Philippine delegation to The Hague when the country pressed its claims against China in […]

From jetski to appeasement: Opposition bets blast Duterte; Roque comes to the rescue

ILOILO CITY – Senatorial candidates Neri Colmenares, Florin Hilbay and Chel Diokno faced off with former Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque at a forum in Iloilo City on Friday. At issue at the forum organized by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines were the Philippines’ foreign policy and the West Philippine Sea. Former Rep. Neri Colmenares […]

Duterte’s critics target China relations ahead of midterm elections

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte remains a popular figure in the country with a high approval rating, which he hopes to lend to his allies in the midterm elections in May. © Reuters MANILA — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s political opponents are zeroing in on his government’s dealings with China ahead of his visit to Beijing […]

US Navy and Marine Exercise Tests New Island Warfare Concepts

Ten thousand sailors and marines from the U.S. Navy’s Third Fleet and U.S. Marines’ I Marine Expeditionary Force recently completed a two-week exercise in Southern California to explore new concepts for fighting in littoral environments among small islands like those in the found in the South and East China Seas. “Pacific Blitz” combined existing large […]

China accuses Vietnam of illegal fishing, dismisses compensation claim

China has dismissed a request from the Vietnamese government for USD 130,000 (EUR 116,000) compensation for the sinking of a Vietnamese trawler in disputed waters of the South China Sea, claiming instead that the vessel was guilty of “illegal fishing” and was sunk before a Chinese vessel reached the scene. The Vietnam Fisheries Association, a […]

US’ insistence on using warships to make its point a provocation, Beijing officials warn

The South China Sea issue has increasingly been divided into two different issues: a solvable one between China and Asean countries, and an intractable one between China and the United States caused by the American insistence on using warships to get its point across, a senior Chinese official said. China also warned it may “take […]

‘Time for tougher deterrence from China’ as US steps up patrols in South China Sea

Chinese analyst says American forces should have to think twice before going ‘too far’ with their activities in the contested waters In 2013, China embarked on a massive land reclamation project, expanding seven reefs in the Spratlys into large artificial islands. Photo: People’s Daily China should reinforce “deterrence facilities” in the South China Sea as […]


The top U.S. diplomat claimed that China’s growing presence in the South China Sea and its global project to promote Chinese investment abroad were all linked to Beijing’s plan to promote its own defense. Speaking at the National Review Institute’s 2019 Ideas Summit in Washington, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged Thursday that “there is […]

US suggests China’s Belt and Road, South China Sea expansion interwined

MANILA, Philippines — Beijing’s economic strategy cannot be separated from its security efforts in the South China Sea, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said. Speaking at a forum in Washington, the top American diplomat noted that the trade between the US and China has not been “remotely reciprocal.” “But the threats that — the […]