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Taiwan scrambles air force again after Chinese exercises in South China...

TAIPEI - Taiwan's air force scrambled for a second straight day on Saturday after a dozen Chinese fighter aircraft and bombers carried out drills...

Philippine military chief says to deploy more navy to protect fishermen

MANILA - The Philippines will beef up its naval presence in the South China Sea to protect its fishermen, its new military chief said...

China defends law letting coast guard fire at sea

A CHINESE law allowing its coast guard to fire at foreign vessels in the South China Sea is not meant to target specific countries, its embassy in Manila said on Monday.

US stands with Southeast Asian countries against China pressure — Blinken

WASHINGTON — The United States rejects China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea beyond what it is permitted under international law and stands...

8 Filipinos, 2 Chinese cargo ship crew rescued in South China...

EIGHT Filipinos and two Chinese were rescued by Hainan teams after abandoning their cargo ship that was tilting to one side in the South China Sea, the Chinese Embassy told reporters in a Viber message on Wednesday.

China accuses US of ‘provocative actions’

THE CHINESE government has accused the United States of taking provocative actions aimed to destabilize the situation in the disputed South China Sea (SCS), citing US Acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller’s recent “groundless accusations” against China.

US would probably continue to check China, analysts say

THE UNITED States would probably continue to try to check China’s expansionist stance in the South China Sea even under a new president, though in a less aggressive way, political analysts said on Wednesday.

US eyes ways to cooperate with Indonesia in South China Sea

JAKARTA — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said Washington would find new ways to cooperate with Indonesia in the South China Sea and respected Jakarta’s efforts to safeguard its own waters while rejecting China’s “unlawful” claims in the area.

Suga opposes actions that raise tension in South China Sea

JAKARTA — Japan opposes any actions that escalate tension in the East and South China Seas, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Monday as he wrapped up a trip to Vietnam and Indonesia, but he added Tokyo was not aiming at an “Asian NATO” to contain any specific country.

Philippines, China foreign ministers reaffirm ties

The Philippines and China foreign ministers reaffirmed the “continuing vitality” of their countries’ relations amid recent tensions in the South China Sea. China Foreign Minister...

Duterte gets tough on China, leaning back to old ally America

After years of shifting the Philippines closer to China, President Rodrigo R. Duterte appears to be leaning back toward the US. The 75-year-old leader on...

Philippines rejects China stance to exclude west from disputed sea

The Philippines would not follow China’s stance of keeping Western powers — including the US — out of the disputed South China Sea, its top diplomat said on Monday.

Vietnam backs US role in South China Sea, rebuffing Beijing

SOUTHEAST ASIAN countries want the US to play a role in maintaining peace in the South China Sea, Vietnam said, pushing back against Beijing’s comments that American forces were destablizing the region.

Philippines says won’t stop projects with China firms blacklisted by US

The Philippines will not halt infrastructure projects involving Chinese firms blacklisted by ally the United States and will make its own decisions, not those of a foreign power, the president’s spokesman said on Tuesday.

Locsin wants to cancel contracts with Chinese companies on US blacklist

Duterte says he will not choose sides between US, China Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. said he would recommend cancelling local contracts of...

US targets Chinese individuals, companies amid South China Sea dispute

WASHINGTON — The United States on Wednesday blacklisted 24 Chinese companies and targeted individuals it said were part of construction and military actions in...

7 of 10 Filipinos want Duterte gov’t to assert rights at...

SEVEN of 10 Filipinos want the government of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to assert the country’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll.

South China Sea code of conduct on track

TALKS ON the code of conduct in the South China Sea are “proceeding smoothly and effectively,” Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian said on Tuesday, as the Philippines and China celebrate 45 years of diplomatic relations.

Senator wants to stop China’s island-building activities at sea

A PHILIPPINE senator on Monday filed a resolution seeking legal and diplomatic approaches to force China to stop its “destructive” reclamation activities in the South China Sea.

Foreign Affairs told of Chinese ships near disputed South China Sea...

THE PHILIPPINE military has reported the unannounced entry of Chinese vessels near Second Thomas Shoal in the South China Sea to the Foreign Affairs department for appropriate diplomatic action, its newly appointed chief said yesterday.

China criticized for blocking resupply to Navy ship at South China...

MANILA criticized China on Monday after a coast guard ship allegedly blocked three Philippine civilian vessels trying to bring supplies to a navy ship that was deliberately run aground at the Second Thomas Shoal in 1999.

Duterte hasn’t given up claim in South China Sea

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte had not agreed to ignore an arbitration court ruling that voided China’s claims to more than 80% of the South China Sea, in exchange for a joint oil and gas exploration of the disputed waterway dangled by its neighbor, his spokesman said yesterday.

China refuses to recognize arbitral ruling

CHINESE President Xi Jinping on Thursday refused to recognize the 2016 arbitral ruling that voided China’s claims to more than 80% of the South China Sea even as his “old friend” Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte insisted that the decision was “final, binding and not subject to appeal.”

Duterte to discuss sea dispute during China visit

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte might discuss the sea dispute with China and a potential oil exploration in the South China Sea when he visits Beijing later this month, his spokesman said yesterday.

Nation should assert South China Sea rights — SWS poll

MAJORITY of Filipinos think that the Philippines should assert its right to disputed islets in the South China Sea and arrest Chinese fishermen who destroy marine resources in the area, according to a poll by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Palace says using 2016 Hague ruling as a bargaining chip with...

MALACAÑANG on Friday asserted the July 2016 Hague ruling against China’s encompassing claims to much of the South China Sea serves as a “bargaining leverage” against China amid issues surrounding the Reed Bank incident.

Chinese clam-harvesting in disputed waters seen anew, US think tank says

CHINA has deployed anew clam-harvesting fleets to the South China Sea in the last six months, including in Scarborough Shoal, according to American-based think-tank Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI).

US ‘scared’ of China — Duterte

CHINA’s military buildup in the disputed waters of the South China Sea was made possible by US fears over the Asian power, Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte said on Sunday night.

Duterte: China ‘in possession’ of South China Sea

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday said he opposes the conduct of military drills in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, adding that the area is in the “possession” of the People’s Republic of China.

Duterte to pursue Code of Conduct with China

LEADERS OF THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have targeted to complete by next year, with the People’s Republic of China, the Code of Conduct (CoC) on the South China Sea.

PHL, China hold ‘productive’ talks on South China Sea — DFA

THE Philippines and the People’s Republic of China on Thursday tackled steps to enhance maritime cooperation in the disputed South China Sea (SCS) waters, especially in the areas of “search and rescue, safety, environmental protection, scientific research, and fisheries.”

Japan claims China ‘escalating’ military actions

Tokyo -- Japan's defense chief on Monday warned the country faces a tough security environment, with China and Russia stepping up military activity and...

US says bilateral training with Japan conducted in South China Sea

THE United States and Japan on Friday, Aug. 31, conducted a “bilateral training...while underway in the South China Sea,” the US Navy said in a statement that day.

PHL ‘concerned’ about US report on Chinese nuclear capability in disputed...

MALACAÑANG on Thursday said it is “concerned” with the Pentagon’s recent report that “a nuclear element” may be brought into the disputed South China Sea region, noting that the Southeast Asian region has a nuclear-weapon-free zone policy.

Former DFA chief on China: We cannot remain silent

By Camille A. Aguinaldo Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. Del Rosario on Friday, Aug. 17, reiterated that the Philippines should not remain silent with...

Duterte orders DFA to talk to Chinese counterparts regarding recent actions...

The recent remarks of President Rodrigo R. Duterte asking China to temper its behavior in the South China Sea has not affected the country’s...

China developing satellites to monitor territory in South China Sea

China is developing a satellite system that will allow it to closely watch the South China Sea, the China News Service reported, helping it...

Duterte to China and EU: ‘Rethink’ your policies

By Arjay L. Balinbin President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday, Aug. 14, talked tough against the People’s Republic of China, demanding that it should “rethink”...

US reaffirms position in South China Sea code negotiations

By Camille A. Aguinaldo The United States made clear its position that the Code of Conduct on the South China Sea should also include the...

Aquino-Cayetano word war continues

By Camille A. Aguinaldo Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano on Monday took the advice of former President Benigno S. C. Aquino III to...

Palace open to China’s invitation for joint exploration on disputed waters

The Palace on Monday said it is open to the suggestion of the People’s Republic of China to conduct military exercises and energy exploration...

ASEAN meet led by Singapore takes up South China Sea

SOUTH CHINA SEA is back in the discussion table among Southeast Asian countries as foreign ministers gathered in Singapore on Thursday for the 51st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meetings.

Cayetano hits back at Aquino’s call for transparency on South China...

By Camille A. Aguinaldo Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano on Tuesday, July 31, hit back on former President Benigno S.C. Aquino III on...

Duterte to intensify defense cooperation with Malaysia

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter President Rodrigo R. Duterte has committed to intensifying Manila’s defense and security cooperation with the Malaysian government to address terrorist...

Gordon calls for hike in military budget

Senator Richard J. Gordon on Tuesday, July 3, called for an increased budget of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in order to...