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Manila-Beijing relations to determine ASEAN growth


As the two possible ‘Joint Development Areas’ — “off Triton Island in the Paracels” and “Reed Bank off Philippine Palawan” [Note 1] — have almost been out of the minds of both the analysts and general public of the Philippines, a failure to revive the Manila–Beijing relation after the May 9 presidential election would jeopardize … Continue reading

Indonesia says could take China to court over South China Sea


Indonesia could take China before an international court if Beijing’s claim to the majority of the South China Sea and part of Indonesian territory is not resolved through dialogue, Indonesia’s security chief said on Wednesday. Beijing’s claim to almost the entire South China Sea is shown on Chinese maps with a nine-dash line that stretches … Continue reading

Philippines moves fighter jets into South China Sea


An epic battle brewing in the South China Sea just went up a notch. China is creating manmade islands on reefs in the region, which has ticked off neighbouring countries The Philippines now plans to station fighter jets and frigates on a former US naval base facing the growing islands where it is engaged in … Continue reading

China is claiming air space over disputed areas of the South China Sea


China has warned Philippine air force and navy planes at least six times to leave areas around the disputed South China Sea, the Philippine military commander responsible for the region told a Senate hearing on Thursday. While Vice Admiral Alexander Lopez gave no timeframe, a senior Philippine air force official told Reuters the warnings had … Continue reading

Destroy Chinese military bases in South China Sea now, says Philippines


This is the reality: China’s military leaders are rushing the construction of military bases in six different reef areas inside the Philippines’ exclusive 200 mile economic zone. The Philippines is doing nothing to immediately stop it. In a year’s time, these bases will practically be completed. Once they are completed fighter planes, bombers, helicopters, missiles … Continue reading

With J-20 fighters on artificial islands, China plans to dominate the South China Sea


In my article “Chinese Troops to Seize Zhongye Island Back from the Philippines in 2014” on January 11, 2014, I said, Chinese troops were planning to seize Zhongye Island back from the Philippines in 2014”. In my article two days later, I said, “The world’s largest aircraft carrier, the Ford costs $12.8 billion to build … Continue reading

Philippines says Chinese ship rammed fishing boats in Scarborough Shoal


The Philippines said on Wednesday that a Chinese coast guard ship had rammed three Philippine fishing boats in the disputed Scarborough Shoal area of the South China Sea last week and Manila had protested to Beijing over the incident. China seized control of the area after a three-month stand-off with the Philippine coast guard in … Continue reading

Will South China Sea dispute arbitration bring peace to the region?


To this question the Philippines gives a positive answer. In its report today Reuters quotes the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry as saying, “The Vietnamese position is helpful in terms of promoting the rule of law and in finding peaceful and nonviolent solutions to the South China Sea claims based on international law.” I wonder, since China … Continue reading

China rejects arbitration with Philippines in South China Sea dispute


The following commentary is based on media releases by the Chinese government: Reuters says in its report “China denounces Philippine ‘pressure’ over sea dispute arbitration” yesterday, that China has denounced the Philippines for putting it under pressure with international arbitration on South China Sea territorial disputes. According to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China … Continue reading

China rejects Philippines protest on ships, complains of detentions


China rejected Philippine complaints on Wednesday about Chinese survey vessels operating in a gas-rich area of Manila‘s exclusive economic zone, and has lodged a separate complaint about the detention of Chinese workers, as tensions persist. Philippine President Benigno Aquino said over the weekend that two Chinese survey vessels had been sighted in part of the … Continue reading

Philippines urges unity for South East Asian nations in China sea dispute


The Philippines is pushing for a meeting among four Southeast Asian nations with conflicting claims to waters in the South China Sea so that they can hammer out a common stand in dealings with China, Manila‘s foreign minister said on Friday. Manila is waging a territorial dispute with China over the Spratlys and the Scarborough … Continue reading

US military plans new tactics to deter China in South China Sea


The US is developing new military tactics to deter China’s slow but steady territorial advances in the South China Sea, including more aggressive use of surveillance aircraft and naval operations near contested areas. The rethink comes in the wake of the series of low-level incursions China has used to shift the status quo in one … Continue reading

Philippines says U.S. obligated to help in case of attack by China


The United States has a treaty obligation to help the Philippines in case of an attack on its territory or armed forces in the South China Sea, the Philippine foreign minister said on Wednesday, rejecting questioning of a security pact. The United States and the Philippines on Monday signed a 10-year Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement … Continue reading

Philippines supply ship evades Chinese vessels


A Philippine government ship slipped past a Chinese coast guard vessel Saturday and brought food and fresh troops to a marooned navy ship used as a base by Filipino troops to bolster the country’s territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea. The incident was witnessed by journalists who were invited by the Philippines military … Continue reading

Philippines rejects China deal in South China Sea; China denies making any such offer


The Philippines has rejected a Chinese offer to withdraw its ships from the Scarborough Shoal, if Manila did the same and delayed international arbitration on the territorial dispute. China‘s offer was made “informally through back channels”, Roilo Golez, a former congressman and presidential national security adviser told the South China Morning Post yesterday. Citing a … Continue reading

Philippine leader calls for international help against China’s aggressive sea claims


President Benigno S. Aquino III called on Tuesday for nations around the world to do more to support the Philippines in resisting China’s assertive claims to the seas near his country, drawing a comparison to the West’s failure to support Czechoslovakia against Hitler’s demands for Czech land in 1938. Like Czechoslovakia, the Philippines faces demands … Continue reading

Philippines expects early U.N. ruling on sea dispute with China


The Philippines expects an early ruling from the United Nations’ tribunal on its arbitration case questioning China’s claim on the South China Sea, Manila‘s foreign minister said on Thursday, in the first public announcement of hopes for a swift outcome. Friction over the key shipping route has surged as China uses its growing naval might … Continue reading

China says Philippines stirring trouble by asking US for help


A Chinese military general told foreign media Thursday that the Philippines plays the character of a “troublemaker” in the South China Sea. “The role of the Philippines in the South China Sea is actually, in my view, a troublemaker,” People’s Liberation Army Major General Luo Yuan, known as “The Hawk” among Beijing’s military leaders, said … Continue reading

China agrees to South China Sea talks amid new row with Manila


China agreed to hold formal talks with Southeast Asian nations on a plan to ease maritime tensions on Sunday as the Philippines accused it of causing “increasing militarisation” of the South China Sea, one of Asia’s naval flashpoints. The rebuke by Philippine Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario at a regional summit in Brunei came a … Continue reading

China warns Philippines of ‘counterstrike’ in South China Sea


China’s state media warned on Saturday that a “counterstrike” against the Philippines was inevitable if it continues to provoke Beijing in the South China Sea, potentially Asia’s biggest military troublespot. The warning comes as ministers from both countries attend an Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting in Brunei, starting Saturday, which hopes to reach a … Continue reading

South China Sea dispute: lucky China, unlucky Philippines


I write this post due to Mr. Jose Mario Dolor De Vega’s furious response to my post China boasts of strategy to ‘recover’ islands occupied by Philippines at China Daily Mail on May 28. First, I should make clear that the strategy mentioned in the post is neither my strategy nor China’s strategy as proved by … Continue reading

Former US cutter to help Philippine claims in South China Sea


The former U.S. Coast Guard cutter Dallas is en route to Manila as the newest ship in the Philippine Navy, according to Philippine sources. The re-christened BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16) underwent a 13-month refit in Charleston, S.C. before it departed with its crew on a two-month voyage to the Philippines. Alcaraz, bought from the U.S. … Continue reading

South China Sea tension mounts near Filipino shipwreck


A wrecked navy transport ship perched on a remote coral reef could be the next flashpoint in the South China Sea, where China and five other claimants bitterly dispute territory. The Philippine government is accusing China of encroachment after three Chinese ships, including a naval frigate, converged just 5 nautical miles from an old transport … Continue reading

China boasts of strategy to “recover” islands occupied by Philippines


The following is a translation of an interview on Chinese State TV. It does not necessarily represent the views of China Daily Mail, but is provided so readers can form their own views. Recently, well-known military expert Major General Zhang Zhaozhong talked in a TV interview in Beijing about the current situation of dispute between … Continue reading

China and it’s neighbours: A tale of two fishing boats


Is the Chinese government’s uneasy friendship with North Korea costing it the public’s confidence? A curious confluence of recent events involving two fishing vessels suggests that might be the case. The crisis began in the waters of Scarborough Shoal, a set of fish-laden reefs and small rocky islands west of the Philippines and the source of territorial … Continue reading

China’s stealth wars of acquisition


In the way China made land grabs across the Himalayas in the 1950s by launching furtive encroachments, it is now waging stealth wars – without firing a single shot – to change the status quo in the South and East China seas, on the line of control with India, and on international-river flows. Although China … Continue reading

Southeast Asia to reach out to China on sea disputes


Southeast Asian nations stepped up efforts on Thursday to engage China in talks to resolve maritime tensions, agreeing to meet to try to reach common ground on disputed areas of the South China Sea ahead of planned discussions in Beijing later this year. Efforts by ASEAN to craft a code of conduct to manage South … Continue reading

China consolidates sea claims as Asian diplomacy struggles


For decades, fishermen along the northwestern Philippine coast treated the teeming fishing grounds of the Scarborough Shoal as their backyard, less than a day’s boat ride away. Now, they see it as a foreign country. “I lost my livelihood when we lost the Scarborough Shoal to the Chinese,” said Mario Forones, a 53-year-old who owns … Continue reading

China’s glass ceiling


“It’s over for America,” a Chinese academic told me in late 2008, two days after Goldman Sachs turned itself into a commercial bank in order to fend off possible collapse. “From here on, it’s all downhill.” Sitting in Beijing as American capitalism seemed to be hanging by a thread, it was easy to believe that … Continue reading

China says Philippines’ UN request on seas complicates issue


China said on Wednesday that a request by the Philippines for a U.N. tribunal to intervene in its longstanding South China Sea territorial dispute with China would only complicate the issue, and denounced Manila‘s “illegal occupation” of islands there. Manila has asked the tribunal of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) … Continue reading

China’s coercive economic diplomacy


Chinese willingness to use economic leverage to settle international disputes in its favour is a worrisome trend. When the 10 member nations of ASEAN failed to reach agreement on the wording of a joint communiqué for the first time in 45 years, most pundits blamed this year’s ASEAN chair, Cambodia, for failing to forge a … Continue reading

The ABC of China politics in 2012


It was supposed to be a momentous year – a major leadership change on the centenary of the last emperor’s abdication. But 2012 turned out to be a mess for China. It squabbled with neighbours on a seemingly unceasing series of spats over disputed territories. Its biggest political star was purged amid a murder scandal … Continue reading

US and Japan scrap naval drill in bid to ease islands tension with China


SCMP reports: “Japan and the United States have called off a joint naval exercise planned for next month in a bid to avoid irritating China and escalating their ongoing territorial dispute in the East China Sea, Japanese media reported. “Citing a Japanese government source, the Tokyo-based Jiji Press said the decision to skip the drill … Continue reading

Philippines will respond to China ships


Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario on Wednesday said the Philippine government may have to respond to the continued  stay of Chinese ships in the waters of the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea. Del Rosario, in a keynote speech at a Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) forum in Washington, … Continue reading

China sends ships to disputed Senkaku Islands


Chinese state media said Tuesday that two government surveillance vessels had reached waters near the disputed Senkaku islands, a day after Japan announced it planned to purchase some of the islands from private owners. The state-run Xinhua news agency said two China Marine Surveillance vessels had reached waters near the Japanese-controlled Senkaku on Tuesday morning … Continue reading

Top diplomat’s China visit enabled by ambassador’s stroke


Singtao Daily reports: The Philippine ambassador to China’s recent stroke provided Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario with the opportunity to make an informal visit to China and meet Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. It was his first visit to China since the standoff between Chinese and Philippine boats at Huangyan Islands in mid-April … Continue reading

Bullyism: The new face of imperialism (China’s invocation of its so-called historical right)


I am writing once again to highlight to the international community and to the family of nations China’s aggressive imperialist design, to point out its continuous and hilarious invocation of its so-called historical right over the islands, shoals and islets that it is vigorously claiming ownership, not only in Southeast, but also in South Asia … Continue reading

China’s use of economic stick is troubling


Countries must push back against Beijing’s troubling tendency to use China’s ports, natural resources and overall economic strength to force rivals to bring policies in line with its interests. When the 10 member nations of Asean failed to reach agreement on the wording of a joint communiqué for the first time in 45 years, most … Continue reading

Aquino urged to tackle South China Sea dispute


Philippine President Benigno Aquino will deliver his annual “state of the nation” speech to Congress on Monday, with legislators hoping he will tackle an escalating South China Sea dispute. Senator Francis Escudero, who does not belong to Aquino’s ruling Liberal Party, said the president needed to reassure the public his government was in control of … Continue reading

China: Sansha capital Yongxing Island under strict military control


Hong Kong Ming Pao’s reporter has recently been on Yongxing Island and found that the island is under strict military control due to the rising tensions in the South China Sea. The reporter says the scenery on the island is wonderful, but as it is the biggest island and the most important military base on … Continue reading

China: War with Philipinnes or Japan?


Japan can be regarded as China’s long-term enemy in quite a few Chinese people’s mindset, though since the 1970s, Sino-Japanese relations have been quite satisfactory until now. Tension between the two countries has intensified in their disputes over the Diaoyu Islands (called Senkaku Islands by Japan). China suffered a humiliating naval defeat by Japan in … Continue reading

China, Vietnam: Hardened lines in the South China Sea


Tit-for-tat moves by China and Vietnam represent the latest indication that tensions could break into conflict over contested and potentially resource rich maritime areas in the South China Sea. Hanoi’s National Assembly late last month overwhelmingly passed a law that effectively declared sovereignty over areas of the Spratly and Paracel Islands, including territories claimed by … Continue reading

Philippines: Chinese boats leave disputed lagoon


China has withdrawn its boats from the lagoon of a tiny South China Sea shoal following an agreement with the Philippines that at least temporarily eases the countries’ territorial dispute, officials in Manila said Monday. The Philippine government pulled out its two vessels from Scarborough Shoal on June 15, and President Benigno Aquino III last … Continue reading

No end of South China Sea troubles for China


Soon after both the Philippines and China withdrew their boats from the disputed Scarborough Shoal and its surrounding sea area on the excuse of poor weather, Philippine president Benigno Aquino III said on June 20 he would send ships back to the shoal after the weather cleared if the Chinese ships have not left the … Continue reading

Fatality after Philippine boat rammed by Chinese vessel near shoal


The Philippines said yesterday a Chinese vessel accidentally rammed a fishing boat north of a disputed South China Sea shoal, killing one and leaving four others missing. The fishing boat set out from the northern coastal town of Bolinao, in Pangasinan province, last Monday and was reported to have sunk two days later, Office of … Continue reading

China declares Vietnam’s claim over islands “illegal and invalid”


China said it summoned Vietnam‘s ambassador Thursday and strongly protested a law adopted by the Vietnamese parliament that places the disputed Spratly and Paracel islands under Hanoi‘s sovereignty. China and Vietnam, as well as other neighbouring nations, are locked in long-standing territorial disputes over the South China Sea, including the mineral-rich Spratly and Paracel islands. … Continue reading

Aquino calls back boats from the Huangyan Island


The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs announced on June 16 that President Aquino had ordered all Philippine ships to withdraw from the Huangyan Island sea area. Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert Ferreros del Rosario said on that day that due to the increasingly worse weather, President Aquino issued an order on June 15 to … Continue reading

Wealthy Philippine Chinese community makes Aquino speak about peace


Radio Television Hong Kong reports, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III says that both the Philippines and China are striving to resolve the South China Sea disputes peacefully through diplomacy. Aquino was speaking when he attended Sino-Philippine friendship activities, sponsored by Philippine Chinese organisations. He said in a speech at the activities that the relations between … Continue reading

Firepower bristles in South China Sea as rivalries harden


In the early years of China’s rise to economic and military prowess, the guiding principle for its government was Deng Xiaoping‘s maxim: “Hide Your Strength, Bide Your Time.” Now, more than three decades after paramount leader Deng launched his reforms, that policy has seemingly lapsed or simply become unworkable as China’s military muscle becomes too … Continue reading

China plays down US support to Manila in South China Sea dispute


China’s official news agency, Xinhua, says that US President Barack Obama met Filipino President Benigno Aquino at the White House, and the two countries reiterated their commitment to strengthen their bilateral relations. The White House issued a statement after the meeting, stating that the US supports the Philippines’ efforts in establishing minimum-scale reliable defence. It … Continue reading

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