Monthly Archives: May 2021

Duterte: Philippines cannot stop China moves in disputed sea

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday that his militarily inferior country cannot stop China’s actions in contested waters, responding to a reported plan by Beijing to construct an environmental monitoring station in a disputed shoal off the northwestern Philippines. Duterte, however, warned that he would invoke a July 12 arbitration ruling that invalidated China’s […]

‘All China wants is 80% of the South China Sea’

PRC’s neighbors fret as it gears up to expand by water Once again, China is in an expansionist mood—after turning inward for 500 years. And its immediate goal is to colonize the South China Sea, which is also Southeast Asia’s maritime heartland. Already China is building airstrips and deploying oil rigs to get at our […]

Philippines, China convene mechanism to ease tensions, explore cooperation in South China Sea

PASAY CITY, May 23 — After a long postponement, the Philippines and China convened the sixth meeting of the Bilateral Consultation Mechanism on the South China Sea (BCM) virtually on 21 May 2021. This year’s meeting was hosted by the Philippines. The BCM is a bilateral forum established by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and President […]

Japan Prime Minister raises South China Sea concerns with Duterte

Japanese leader Yoshihide Suga brings up his worries about China’s Coast Guard Law and expresses support for the Hague ruling won by the Philippines against China China’s controversial Coast Guard Law and the 2016 Hague ruling won by the Philippines against Beijing were discussed by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga […]

China says US warship illegally enters its territory in South China Sea

BEIJING — China said on Thursday a U.S. warship had illegally entered its territorial waters in the South China Sea, the latest salvo in the two nations’ dispute over Beijing’s territorial claims in the busy waterway. In a statement, the Chinese military’s Southern Theater Command said the USS Curtis Wilbur entered the waters near the […]

US warship transits South China Sea to challenge ‘unlawful maritime claims’

A United States warship sailed through the Paracel Islands in the disputed South China Sea on Thursday after passing through the Taiwan Strait, in defiance of a protest from Beijing. The US Navy’s Seventh Fleet said the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur had conducted freedom of navigation operations in the vicinity of the […]

China does not possess the WPS

President Duterte’s mantra is “China is in possession of the West Philippine Sea (WPS).” The President made this declaration on several occasions: the November 2018 Asean-India Summit in Singapore, his July 2019 and 2020 State of the Nation Addresses, and his late night TV addresses on April 19, 2021 and April 29, 2021. The reason […]

Unmasking China’s Maritime Militia

China has long denied that it uses maritime militia forces to assert its maritime and territorial claims in the South China Sea, often describing the Chinese vessels clustered around disputed reefs and islets as just fishing boats. But the paper trail left by the Chinese bureaucracy tells a different story. Radio Free Asia analyzed bidding […]

Japan, Vietnam leaders oppose China’s maritime actions in phone talks

TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh affirmed their opposition to China’s growing maritime assertiveness during phone talks Monday, the first between the two leaders since Chinh was elected last month. Can Beijing stop other countries getting dragged into their island dispute? In their roughly 30-minute call, the […]