Monthly Archives: December 2023

US ship conducts navigation operation near Second Thomas Shoal

A U.S. naval ship conducted Monday the first known freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) near the disputed Second Thomas Shoal in the South China Sea, a move condemned by China as “illegal.” “On December 4, the USS Giffords littoral combat ship trespassed into the waters adjacent to Ren’ai Reef in China’s Nansha Islands without the […]

[ANALYSIS] China’s increased coercive activities in the WPS: Recalibrating the PH’s security response

In the past few weeks, the tension arising from China’s coercive tactics at the West Philippine Sea (WPS) has escalated. At the Second Thomas Shoal last November 10, 38 Chinese vessels swarmed around the adjacent waters; water cannons along with reckless maneuvers were employed to harass our vessels involved in the resupply mission. In a […]

Civilian mission to West PH Sea turns back after China’s ‘constant shadowing’

MANILA, Philippines – A historic civilian-led convoy to the West Philippine Sea won’t be pushing through after all, following the “constant shadowing” of China vessels, and the China Coast Guard’s (CCG) use of water cannons against Philippine vessels during a military resupply mission to a shoal nearby, some 105 nautical miles off the coast of […]

PH tycoon cautious on 2024 growth outlook amid West PH Sea dispute

MANILA, Philippines -Billionaire Teresita Sy-Coson, head of the shopping mall and banking giant SM Investments Corp., is cautiously optimistic about growth in 2024 as spiking tensions in the West Philippine Sea temper the robust economic outlook. “Left to ourselves, we are going to do well but there are geopolitical tensions and climate change,” Coson, who […]