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DFA defends Cayetano claim on China reclamation

Aug 11, 2017 - 3:49 PM

The DFA says the Philippines' position on the South China Sea dispute 'is always based on the latest intelligence we have on the ground'

DFA defends Cayetano claim on China reclamation

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Photos prove Cayetano, Wang wrong on China reclamation

Aug 10, 2017 - 9:50 AM

CSIS releases photos that show China didn't stop its reclamation activities in 2015, as claimed by Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

Photos prove Cayetano, Wang wrong on China reclamation

Don't tell us what to do, PH tells countries on sea dispute

Aug 09, 2017 - 10:20 PM

'The problem of territorial disputes between China and the Philippines is between China and the Philippines,' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

Don't tell us what to do, PH tells countries on sea dispute

PH admits not pushing ASEAN to hit China island building

Aug 08, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says he 'didn't want to include' China's aggressive behavior in the ASEAN foreign ministers' joint statement

PH admits not pushing ASEAN to hit China island building

China claims ASEAN statement not hitting them

Aug 08, 2017 - 12:36 PM

On land reclamation in the South China Sea, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says, 'Maybe the countries that are talking about it are the ones doing it'

China claims ASEAN statement not hitting them

U.S., Australia, Japan to PH: Follow the ruling you won

Aug 07, 2017 - 5:13 PM

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop voice 'their strong opposition to coercive unilateral actions' in the disputed South China Sea

U.S., Australia, Japan to PH: Follow the ruling you won

ASEAN talks tough vs China island building

Aug 06, 2017 - 9:25 PM

(UPDATED) Southeast Asian foreign ministers defy expectations that they will issue a weaker statement at the end of their Manila meeting

ASEAN talks tough vs China island building

China warns ASEAN vs 'outside parties' in South China Sea

Aug 06, 2017 - 6:45 PM

This comes after foreign ministers of ASEAN and China adopted the framework of a Code of Conduct in the disputed South China Sea

China warns ASEAN vs 'outside parties' in South China Sea

Southeast Asian nations feud over China sea claims

Aug 06, 2017 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) Southeast Asian nations fight to find a compromise on how to deal with Chinese expansionism in the South China Sea

Southeast Asian nations feud over China sea claims

South China Sea, North Korea for discussion at ASEAN forum

Aug 05, 2017 - 1:36 PM

(UPDATED) The issues set the stage for what is expected to be a fiery few days of diplomacy in the Philippine capital

South China Sea, North Korea for discussion at ASEAN forum

Xi raises 'negative factors' in call with Trump

Jul 03, 2017 - 7:48 AM

(UPDATED) Chinese President Xi Jinping tells US counterpart Donald Trump that Sino-US relations have been hit by 'negative factors' in a phone call following days of US actions that have vexed Beijing

Xi raises 'negative factors' in call with Trump

China can't 'buy its way out' of global problems – U.S.

Jun 05, 2017 - 2:27 PM

Rex Tillerson: 'We desire productive relationships... but we cannot allow China to use its economic power to buy its way out of other problems'

China can't 'buy its way out' of global problems – U.S.

China rejects 'irresponsible' U.S. remarks on South China Sea

Jun 05, 2017 - 1:20 PM

The Chinese foreign ministry accuses 'certain countries outside the region' of making 'erroneous remarks driven by ulterior motives'

China rejects 'irresponsible' U.S. remarks on South China Sea

China rebukes G7 over statement on seas

May 29, 2017 - 4:13 PM

China is 'strongly dissatisfied at the G7 summit gesticulating over the issues of the East and South China seas under the guise of international law'

China rebukes G7 over statement on seas

ASEAN evades island building, Hague ruling

Apr 30, 2017 - 9:08 AM

The ASEAN Chairman's Statement merely 'took note of concerns expressed by some leaders over recent developments' in the disputed South China Sea

ASEAN evades island building, Hague ruling

ASEAN leaders to avoid direct China criticism in summit

Apr 26, 2017 - 4:29 PM

The chairman's statement at the 30th ASEAN Summit will merely hint at China's island-building in the sea without mentioning it by name, a draft shows

ASEAN leaders to avoid direct China criticism in summit

Duterte to China: Relax, no guns in PH islands

Apr 10, 2017 - 4:55 PM

'For the information of China, we will not place there (in the South China Sea) any offensive weapons, not even one gun,' says Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte to China: Relax, no guns in PH islands

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China vowed not to build on Scarborough, says Duterte

Mar 23, 2017 - 10:05 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte also again brings up the possibility of joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea)

China vowed not to build on Scarborough, says Duterte

China denies plans to build on Scarborough Shoal

Mar 22, 2017 - 9:30 PM

The Chinese Foreign Ministry denies Beijing will set up an environmental monitoring station on the shoal in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea)

China denies plans to build on Scarborough Shoal

PH asks China to clarify building plans on Scarborough

Mar 22, 2017 - 1:27 PM

The Philippines will decide on its next move after China replies to its March 20 letter, says Acting Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo

PH asks China to clarify building plans on Scarborough

Duterte urges completion of South China Sea rules

Mar 21, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Amid his warm approach to China, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte emphasizes respect for freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea

Duterte urges completion of South China Sea rules

5 ways Duterte can defend Scarborough without going to war

Mar 20, 2017 - 5:53 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's statements are feared to encourage China to build on Scarborough

5 ways Duterte can defend Scarborough without going to war

PH 'can't stop' China from building on Scarborough

Mar 19, 2017 - 5:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the Philippines will be a 'destroyed nation' if it declares 'war' against China

PH 'can't stop' China from building on Scarborough

Trillanes seeks probe into Duterte 'deal' with China on Benham Rise

Mar 15, 2017 - 9:50 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV slams 'inconsistencies' between the statements of President Rodrigo Duterte and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

Trillanes seeks probe into Duterte 'deal' with China on Benham Rise

PH can't say Benham Rise is theirs, China argues

Mar 13, 2017 - 4:00 PM

China confirms some of its research vessels passed through the Benham Rise area in 2016, saying it was 'exercising navigation freedoms and the right to innocent passage only'

PH can't say Benham Rise is theirs, China argues

Australia plays downs chance of sea patrols with Indonesia

Mar 07, 2017 - 2:47 PM

PM Turnbull: 'We are not going to undertake any actions which would increase tensions in the South China Sea'

Australia plays downs chance of sea patrols with Indonesia

China vowed not to build on Scarborough Shoal – Yasay

Feb 23, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The Philippines is 'happy and assured' that China will not construct on the disputed Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) in the West Philippine Sea

China vowed not to build on Scarborough Shoal – Yasay

CA member 'very troubled' by Yasay statements on South China Sea row

Feb 22, 2017 - 12:49 PM

'We never categorically stated that we own the disputed islands,' Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr tells the Commission on Appointments

CA member 'very troubled' by Yasay statements on South China Sea row

ASEAN ministers: 'Grave concern' over sea 'militarization'

Feb 21, 2017 - 2:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says ASEAN is hopeful to finish a framework code of conduct in the South China Sea by June this year

ASEAN ministers: 'Grave concern' over sea 'militarization'

ASEAN to tackle China 'militarization' in sea pact framework

Feb 20, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Philippine Foreign Undersecretary Enrique Manalo says there 'is more determination now' to finalize a code of conduct in the South China Sea

ASEAN to tackle China 'militarization' in sea pact framework

U.S. aircraft carrier strike group patrolling South China Sea

Feb 19, 2017 - 3:50 PM

The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group is engaging in 'routine operations in the South China Sea,' the navy said in a statement on its website

U.S. aircraft carrier strike group patrolling South China Sea

China says conflict with U.S. a lose-lose situation

Feb 08, 2017 - 10:12 AM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi: 'For any sober-minded politician, they clearly recognize that there cannot be conflict between China and the United States'

China says conflict with U.S. a lose-lose situation

China ships sail near disputed isles after Mattis visit – Japan

Feb 06, 2017 - 3:47 PM

(UPDATED) It comes two days after James Mattis, US President Donald Trump's new defense secretary, said in Tokyo that the island chain was subject to a longstanding Washington-Tokyo defense treaty

China ships sail near disputed isles after Mattis visit – Japan

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White House warns China on trade, South China Sea

Jan 24, 2017 - 9:29 AM

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that President Trump is aware that US firms need access to China's large domestic market, but that he is not prepared to accept that current arrangements continue

White House warns China on trade, South China Sea

PH: Southeast Asia not 'proxy' for superpower rivalry

Jan 24, 2017 - 7:52 AM

PH Defense Secretary Lorenzana: 'We will reaffirm the unity and solidarity of ASEAN amidst this emerging superpower competition. We will also work for the finalization of a binding code of conduct for the South China Sea.'

PH: Southeast Asia not 'proxy' for superpower rivalry

East Timor and Australia to tear up sea border treaty

Jan 09, 2017 - 9:57 AM

East Timor has now officially notified its southern neighbor it wants to end the Certain Maritime Arrangements in the Timor Sea (CMATS), which carves up future revenue from oil and gas reserves in the area

East Timor and Australia to tear up sea border treaty

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China says weapons in South China Sea not militarization

Dec 15, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Foreign ministry spokesman: 'To conduct construction on China's own territory and deploy necessary national defense facilities is quite normal'

China says weapons in South China Sea not militarization

China boosts defenses on South China Sea islets – US experts

Dec 15, 2016 - 8:39 AM

Ongoing satellite imagery has shown the installation of military equipment and longer runways on artificial islands in the disputed sea, says US-based think tank

China boosts defenses on South China Sea islets – US experts

US warns 'aggressive' Beijing in South China Sea

Dec 14, 2016 - 3:19 PM

Admiral Harry Harris, head of the US Pacific Command, warns Washington will not accept Chinese control of the region

US warns 'aggressive' Beijing in South China Sea

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Dec 12, 2016 - 12:27 PM

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Trump questions 'one China policy' without Beijing concessions

Dec 12, 2016 - 12:35 AM

(UPDATED) 'I don't want China dictating to me,' says US President-elect Donald Trump

Trump questions 'one China policy' without Beijing concessions

Air Force fighter pilot is new guard of West PH Sea

Dec 11, 2016 - 8:26 AM

The appointment of Lieutenant General Raul del Rosario as chief of the Western Command is part of the key reshuffles in the Armed Forces of the Philippines in the past week

Air Force fighter pilot is new guard of West PH Sea

Australia, Indonesia mull joint South China Sea patrols

Nov 01, 2016 - 7:56 AM

The possibility was raised by Jakarta during meetings between Bishop and Defense Minister Marise Payne and Indonesian officials including Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu last week

Australia, Indonesia mull joint South China Sea patrols

Duterte: I won't give up West PH Sea, Hague ruling

Oct 16, 2016 - 3:37 PM

'Nobody but nobody, even the President of this country can give up the claim...That's one sure way of going to impeachment,' says the Philippine President

Duterte: I won't give up West PH Sea, Hague ruling

China raps US interventions in Asia at regional forum

Oct 11, 2016 - 3:18 PM

Chang Wanguan, China's defense minister, levies thinly veiled criticism at recent US involvement in Asia's trouble spots

China raps US interventions in Asia at regional forum

China lashes out at Japan's South China Sea plans

Sep 19, 2016 - 9:28 PM

Japan's conduct in the South China Sea 'makes one feel disappointed to the point of despair,' Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a regular press briefing

China lashes out at Japan's South China Sea plans