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US, China engaging in ‘shadow boxing’ – FVR

By Jose Katigbak, STAR Washington Bureau  @ http://www.philstar.com/headlines/731954/us-china-engaging-shadow-boxing-fvr WASHINGTON – “Shadow boxing” between the United States and China has taken a serious turn over the latter’s territorial claims in the West Philippine Sea  or South China Sea to the Chinese  and the East China Sea, according to former President Fidel Ramos. Beijing and Washington are […]

SC stops Zambales mines; Chinese ‘invaders’ socked

The Supreme Court yesterday issued a temporary environment protection order (TEPO) against 94 “small-scale mines” that extract nickel in Zambales. Among the “small” mines are at least five fronts of giant nickel miners from China (see Gotcha, 24 July 2013). Allegedly operating outside the allowable area, the mines are illegal, pollutive, unregulated, untaxed, and destabilizing […]

Chinese have ‘invaded’ Zambales mainland too

It’s not only Bajo de Masinloc (Panatag/Scarborough Shoal) that the Chinese have occupied. They also have grabbed a slice of mainland Zambales, 108 kilometers east. There Chinese miners rule, stealing nickel ore the same way they poach fish in the shoal. Bribed local officials abet them like modern-day Makapili collaborators. In the West Philippine Sea-side […]

Biden: Reduce risk of error in sea row

WASHINGTON – A week after US President Barack Obama warned China against using force in its maritime disputes with its neighbors, his vice president Joe Biden told all parties involved to resolve their differences peacefully with “no intimidation, no coercion, no aggression.” Read more: http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2013/07/21/994511/biden-reduce-risk-error-sea-row

‘Arbitration process a peaceful way to solve maritime dispute’

BRUSSELS – The Philippines’ top diplomat has underscored that the arbitral proceedings initiated by Manila to challenge China’s excessive maritime claims do not undermine the consultations between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Beijing for the crafting of a Code of Conduct (COC) on the South China Sea. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del […]

DFA: ‘We refuse to dignify’ Chinese general’s comment

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Albert del Rosario refused to give importance to a Chinese general’s accusations against the Philippines, an official said Friday. DFA spokesperson Raul Hernandez said in a press conference that he consulted Del Rosario about a remark by People’s Liberation Army Major General Luo Yuan who […]

18 Chinese maritime ships operating within Philippine territory

MANILA, Philippines – About 18 Chinese vessels are intruding into Philippine territory, raising the need to pour more resources to defense spending, a security official said Thursday. Vicente Agdamag, Deputy Director-General of the National Security Council Secretariat, said the deployment of the ships is in line with China’s aim to consolidate its control over the […]

Congressman leads ‘fish protest’ vs China in Makati

MANILA, Philippines – Activists led by a congressman on Tuesday afternoon stormed the Chinese Consulate in Makati City and staged a “fish protest.” Wearing colorful fish masks with a giant Philippine flag as a backdrop, the protesters led by Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello called on the Chinese government to end all intrusions and poaching activities […]

No new Chinese structures, but 4 ships in Panatag – expert

MANILA, Philippines – There are no new Chinese structures in Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal but four Chinese ships are still in the area, a defense expert monitoring West Philippine Sea issues revealed yesterday. Rommel Banlaoi of the Philippine Association of Chinese Studies said reports about the supposed buildup in Panatag Shoal are not true. “It’s a […]

Chinese general reveals ‘strategy’ for Panatag takeover

MANILA, Philippines – A Chinese military general has revealed their strategy to take over Panatag Shoal (Scarborough) off Zambales province. China Daily Mail reported that in a recent television interview, Major General Zhang Zhaozhong said that China’s navy has been wrapping the disputed island like a “cabbage” with warships. China calls the shoal, which is […]