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Obama looks to salvage Asia ‘pivot’ as allies fret about China


When a Philippine government ship evaded a Chinese blockade in disputed waters of the South China Sea last month, a U.S. Navy plane swooped in to witness the dramatic encounter. The flyover was a vivid illustration of the expanding significance of one of Asia’s most strategic regions and underscored a message that senior U.S. officials … Continue reading

China laying a trap for the Philippines in South China Sea, say experts


Beijing is laying a trap for the Philippines in disputed waters, experts say, waiting for an excuse to seize territory in the oil-rich Spratlys With tension running high between the Philippines and China because of their maritime dispute, one wrong move could see Beijing grabbing all the disputed islands, say regional experts. “The danger really … Continue reading

Philippines air-drops supplies to troops on disputed reef after ships blocked by China


The Philippines air-dropped food and water to soldiers posted on a grounded transport ship on a disputed South China Sea shoal, after China blocked two supply ships from reaching the troops, a senior navy official said on Wednesday. Chinese ships patrolling waters around Second Thomas Shoal, known in China as the Ren’ai reef, on Sunday … Continue reading

China claims it forced Philippine ships away from disputed shoal


China said on Monday that coast guard ships had driven away two Philippine vessels which had tried to approach a shoal in the South China Sea in the latest flare-up of a long-running territorial dispute. The Chinese ships were patrolling waters around Second Thomas Shoal, known in China as the Ren’ai reef, when they spotted … 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

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

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