Monthly Archives: August 2020

Solons back DFA’s China plan

LOCSIN HOWEVER JUNKS ANOTHER BID TO BRING PCA RULING TO UN GA Lawmakers on Sunday backed the proposal of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. to terminate projects of Chinese firms involved in West Philippine Sea reclamation projects, following the lead of the United States. In separate statements, Samar 1st District Rep. Edgar Sarmiento and […]

Australia has reasons to be involved

I REFER to the article “Keep our backyard safe” by Wong Chun Wai (Sunday Star, Aug 16) regarding the South China Sea. Although primarily an attack on the United States for its assertion of navigation rights in the waters to our north, Wong was also critical of my country. He wrote: “Australia, which has no […]

With new wave of sanctions, US targets China’s BRI; rallies allies, partners

NEW DELHI: In sanctioning the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), the US has launched a precision strike against the Beijing-led Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), adding another layer to the growing animosity between the worlds largest and second largest economy. The CCCC is the spearhead of BRI — a trans-continental connectivity undertaking, meant to anchor […]

South China Sea: Asean states set course for Beijing’s red line

It’s like a fuzzy red line that China imposes on its weaker neighbours involved in the South China Sea dispute: protest all you like about the militarisation and artificial island-building, just don’t mention the international court ruling that rejected Beijing’s far-reaching territorial claims. It’s like a fuzzy red line that China imposes on its weaker […]


MANILA, Philippines — The United States has urged governments, parties and institutions around the world to assess the risk and reconsider business deals with “predatory” Chinese state-owned enterprises. In a special press briefing through teleconference on Thursday, but whose trancription was released only yesterday, a senior official of the US State Department said the blacklisting […]

Please bring sea victory to UN General Assembly

More and more coastal states are using the 2016 international court verdict to promote their maritime interest. Manila won arbitration against Beijing sea aggression. But The Hague jurisprudence benefits every littoral country. The tribunal outlawed China’s baseless “nine-dash line” sea boundary. Clarified was that China-held isles in the Spratlys do not generate a 200-mile exclusive […]

Locsin to recommend ending contracts with Chinese firms involved in South China Sea militarization after US move

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 28) — Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin, Jr. said he will recommend ending local contracts with Chinese firms found to be behind incursions in the South China Sea, similar to sanctions imposed by the United States. “Yes, if I find any of those companies are doing business with […]