Monthly Archives: July 2019

China to Philippines: ‘We won’t take the first shot’

MANILA, Philippines – Amid criticism of its growing military presence in the South China Sea, China’s ambassador to Manila Zhao Jianhua claimed Beijing would “not take the first shot,” as he appealed to claimant countries to “be patient” when settling disputes. In a speech celebrating the 92nd anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army on Monday […]

Duterte’s ‘agreement’ with China

  MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) – One of the things many Filipinos have been waiting to hear from him is his explanation of what is right and just about the way he has handled China’s intrusion into the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea. He promised to give his Sona audience […]

Defense chief: Chinese envoy denies aircraft carrier sailed past Tawi-Tawi

MANILA, Philippines — Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua told Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana that it was not true that Chinese aircraft carrier CV-16 Liaoning passed through Philippine waters recently. Lorenzana and Zhao met during President Rodrigo Duterte’s fourth State of the Nation Address last week. “According to him (Zhao), Liaoning did not pass through Sibutu Strait […]

Military exercises conducted in waters near Taiwan

  China has started military exercises in both the East and South China Seas near coastal areas, according to two navigation restriction notices released by maritime safety authorities on Sunday and Monday. The military exercises in the East China Sea started at 6 pm on Sunday, and is scheduled to conclude at 6 pm on […]

‘WPS is ours… no ifs and buts’

  During his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on July 22, President Duterte made it very clear that “… the West Philippine Sea is ours. There [are] no ifs and buts. It is ours… we have been acting [applause] along that legal truth and line. But we have to temper it with the times […]

China deploys J-20 stealth fighter ‘to keep tabs on Taiwan’

Aircraft could also be used to counterbalance Japanese and US military activities in the region, analysts say China’s J-20 stealth fighter has been officially deployed to the country’s Eastern Theatre Command, suggesting it will be focused on the Taiwan Strait and military activities between Japan and the United States, observers said. The People’s Liberation Army […]

LOOK: Image shows Chinese aircraft carrier passed Philippine waters

  MANILA, Philippines – It appears the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning did pass Philippine waters after all, based on a map tracking the warship’s passage published by several Taiwanese media outfits. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told reporters on Thursday, July 25, that Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua denied reports that the Liaoning passed Sibutu Strait in […]