Category Archives: West Philippine Sea

US Navy warns China to stop ‘bullying’ others in the South China Sea as its ships sail into a standoff

The US Navy sent two ships into the middle of a South China Sea dispute on Thursday as the commander of US Pacific Fleet warned China to stop “bullying” other countries in the region. A US Navy littoral combat ship and a cargo vessel conducted “presence operations” near the West Capella, a Malaysia-contracted drillship at […]

IMPLICATIONS OF THE RECENT PHILIPPINES-CHINA NAVAL STAND-OFF

AMTI UPDATEOn April 22, the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) filed two diplomatic protests against China, accusing it of violating international law and Philippine sovereignty. According to Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr., the notes sent to the Chinese Embassy in Manila were on two different issues. The first concerned a February 17 […]

The China Issue: Impressions of a military mind

  For the last five decades, the Philippines has fought the communist insurgency whose roots and foundations originated from Communist China. In spite of China’s shift to a free market economy and becoming the second largest economy in the world, the foundations of its political system are still basically communist-inspired. Why then did the Philippines, […]

PH protests China districts, features in West PH Sea, asserts Hague ruling

  MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government on Thursday, April 30, launched a strong protest against China following its recent naming of districts and maritime features in the West Philippine Sea, asserting the 2016 Hague ruling that invalidated Beijing’s excessive claims in the waterway. Calling these actions a violation of Philippine sovereignty, the Department of […]

China’s self-declared districts in South China Sea illegal, says DFA

The Philippines on Thursday said it “strongly protests” China’s unilateral establishment of two administrative zones in the disputed South China Sea, calling it “illegal” and an infringement on Manila’s sovereignty. China announced on April 18 that its so-called districts of “Nansha” and “Xisha” will have authority over the Spratlys and the Paracels, respectively, under the […]

Malaysia committed to safeguarding its interests in S.China Sea – foreign minister

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia remains committed to safeguarding its interests and rights in the South China Sea, Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said on Thursday, amid a standoff between Chinese and Malaysian vessels in the disputed waters. U.S. and Australian warships arrived in the South China Sea this week near an area where a Chinese government […]

PH protests China’s aggressive moves in South China Sea during pandemic

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr on Wednesday, April 22, said the Philippines lodged two formal protests against China’s recent moves to asserts its claims in the South China Sea. Locsin said two diplomatic protests were filed against China’s recent pointing of a radar gun at a Philippine Navy ship in Philippine […]

Beijing names islands in disputed South China Sea

BEIJING, China – China on Tuesday, April 21, defended its naming of 80 islands and other geographical features in the South China Sea in a move likely to anger neighbors as the country asserts its territorial claims. A joint announcement of the names on Sunday, April 19, from the Ministry of Natural Resources and the […]