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China says U.S. aims to 'stir up trouble' with naval sail-by

Feb 11, 2019 - 8:16 PM

The guided-missile destroyers USS Spruance and USS Preble sail near the Beijing-claimed Spratly Islands earlier Monday, February 11, as part of what Washington calls 'freedom of navigation operations'

SPRATLY. This file photo taken on April 21, 2017 shows an aerial shot of a reef in the disputed Spratly islands on April 21, 2017. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Why Philippines should protest vs China bombers in Paracels

Jun 05, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Former DFA chief Albert del Rosario says a protest by the Philippines will 'galvanize the support of countries' opposing the militarization of the South China Sea

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT. Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario urges the Philippine government to file a protest against China's bombers in the Paracels to galvanize international support against China's militarization of the South China Sea. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Mattis accuses China of 'intimidation and coercion' in South China Sea

Jun 02, 2018 - 9:44 AM

(UPDATED) Speaking at a high-profile security summit in Singapore, Pentagon chief Jim Mattis also says the US military continues to support diplomats pushing for the 'complete, verifiable and irreversible' denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

JAMES MATTIS. US Defense Secretary James Mattis delivers his speech during the first plenary session of the 17th Asian Security Summit of the IISS ShangriLa Dialogue in Singapore on June 2, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Cayetano says PH can't file protest vs China bombers

Jun 02, 2018 - 8:06 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says it is 'ridiculous' to protest about an action beyond Philippine shores. 'Paano tayo magpo-protest sa hindi natin territory?'

NO PROTEST. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines cannot file a protest against China's bombers in the South China Sea. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

U.S. to keep confronting Beijing in South China Sea – Mattis

May 30, 2018 - 3:47 PM

'We are going out of our way to cooperate with Pacific nations, that's the way we do business in the world, but we are also going to confront what we believe is out of step with international law,' US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says

JIM MATTIS. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks to reporters as he shows the plane's route to Hawaii aboard a US military plane on May 29, 2018. Photo by Thomas Watkins/AFP

Beijing protests U.S. warship operation in South China Sea

May 28, 2018 - 1:27 PM

China's foreign ministry issues a statement expressing 'resolute opposition' to the US sail-by of the territory in the disputed Paracel Island chain

USS ANTIETAM. Side view of the USS Antietam (CG-54) Cruiser at the Manila South Harbor Pier 15. Photo from Wikipedia by user RoyKabanlit

China deploys new weapons systems to Paracel Islands

May 26, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Nearby, the Philippines begins 'long-delayed repairs' to its runway on the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea, says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

NEW WEAPONS. China deploys new weapons systems to Woody Island, their base on the Paracel Islands. Photo from CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe  NEW WEAPONS. China deploys new weapons systems to Woody Island, their base on the Paracel Islands. Photo from CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

More than 1,600 Chinese structures in South China Sea

May 25, 2018 - 9:51 PM

From basketball courts to buildings with radar equipment, nearly 800 of these Chinese structures can be found in the West Philippine Sea

SUBI REEF. This photo shows the artificial island on Subi Reef in the West Philippine Sea as of December 7, 2017. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

Carpio, Del Rosario urge PH to protest Chinese bombers

May 22, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio warns the Duterte administration against 'handing over to China on a silver platter the West Philippine Sea'

DIPLOMATIC PROTEST. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio and former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario urge the Duterte administration to file a diplomatic protest against China's bombers in the South China Sea. File photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo alarmed over Chinese bombers in South China Sea

May 22, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo, however, erroneously says the Chinese bombers landed on Philippine territory. The Philippines is not claiming ownership of the Paracel Islands, where the bombers landed.

CALL FOR DIPLOMATIC PROTEST. Vice President Leni Robredo once again urges the DFA to file a diplomatic protest against China over its increase militarization of the South China Sea. File photo by OVP

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Unlike Philippines, Vietnam condemns Chinese bombers

May 22, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Vietnam 'demands that China stop these activities' and 'cease militarization' of the South China Sea, even as Manila won't publicly condemn Beijing

VIETNAMESE DIPLOMACY. Vietnam's foreign ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang takes questions during a press conference in Hanoi on August 3, 2017. File photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

Beijing denies 'militarization' of South China Sea

May 21, 2018 - 10:05 PM

'The South China Sea islands are Chinese territories,' says China foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang, adding this is 'part of the normal training for the Chinese military'

CHINA BOMBERS. This handout photograph taken and released on May 11, 2018 by Taiwan's Defense Ministry shows a Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force F-16 fighter aircraft (left) flying alongside a Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) H-6K bomber that reportedly flew over the Bashi Channel, south of Taiwan, and over the Miyako Strait, near Japan's Okinawa Island, in a drill.  AFP/Taiwan   Defense Ministry/ Handout

[OPINION] On the South China Sea: Let us help our President

May 21, 2018 - 5:09 PM

'As we had previously said, we are opposed to war – as we should be. But if threatened by the use of force, we should be ready to inflict, at the very least, a bloody nose on any attacker who is out to harm us.'

PH to raise Chinese bombers during next talks with China

May 21, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Malacañang, however, says President Rodrigo Duterte still does not consider China a threat

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives a garland upon his arrival at the Golden Coast Hotel in Boao, Hainan Province, China on April 9, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DFA won't publicly condemn China over bombers

May 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Instead of publicizing a diplomatic protest, the Philippines says it is 'closely monitoring developments in the West Philippine Sea and the South China Sea'

DIPLOMATIC PROTEST? Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says it is no longer the Philippines' strategy to file diplomatic protests against China at every opportunity it has. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DFA silent on Chinese bombers in South China Sea

May 20, 2018 - 2:01 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon condemns 'this creeping invasion' while Senator Risa Hontiveros tells government 'to end their subservience to China'

SILENCE. The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, under Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, has not issued a statement on China's bombers in the South China Sea as of May 20, 2018. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Chinese bombers land on South China Sea island

May 19, 2018 - 11:28 AM

'Nearly all of the Philippines falls within the radius of the bombers, including Manila and all 5 Philippine military bases earmarked for development under the US-Philippines Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement,' says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies

CHINESE BOMBER. A video posted by the state-owned People's Daily of China shows a Chinese bomber in takeoff and landing training on an island reef in the South China Sea. Screengrab from People's Daily

Vietnam slams China over military drills in disputed sea

Sep 06, 2017 - 1:20 PM

UPDATED Hanoi condemns Beijing s latest military drills in the Paracel Islands a contentious archipelago claimed by both sides

U.S. warship sails close to South China Sea island occupied by Beijing

Jul 02, 2017 - 11:15 PM

UPDATED The USS Stethem passes less than 12 nautical miles from Triton Island a move likely to provoke China

China slams 'provocative' US sail-by in South China Sea

Oct 22, 2016 - 2:25 PM

The ship s entrance into China s territorial waters is a serious illegal act and a deliberately provocative act says China s defense ministry

DISPUTED WATERS. This US Navy photo obtained October 21, 2016 shows the Guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) as it operates in the South China Sea as part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) on October 13, 2016. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Quinlan/US Navy/AFP

US destroyer sails close to contested islands in South China Sea

Oct 22, 2016 - 8:40 AM

The USS Decatur conducted this transit in a routine lawful manner without ship escorts and without incident says the Pentagon

This US Navy photo obtained October 21, 2016 shows the Guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73)as it operates in the South China Sea as part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG)on October 13, 2016. The Bonhomme Richard ESG is operating in the South China Sea in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. A US destroyer sailed close to a string of islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on October 21, 2016, the Pentagon said, amid continued tensions in the contested waterway. The USS Decatur passed close to the Paracel Islands and "conducted this transit in a routine, lawful manner without ship escorts and without incident," Pentagon spokesman Commander Gary Ross said.  / AFP PHOTO / Navy Media Content Operations (N / Petty Officer 2ndClass Diana QUINLAN / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / US NAVY/Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Quinlan" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

China to hold drills in disputed waters ahead of court ruling

Jul 03, 2016 - 4:12 PM

The drills will be held in waters around the Paracel Islands from July 5 to 11 with other ships prohibited from entering the waters during that time

China eyeing air defense zone over South China Sea – report

Jun 01, 2016 - 11:35 AM

The trigger for an announcement would be if the United States continues making provocative moves that would challenge China in the region the South China Morning Post reports

RECLAMATION ACTIVITIES. An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a military plane shows the ongoing reclamation by China on Mischief Reef, part of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, on May 11, 2015. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA/Pool

Beijing: South China Sea defenses 'absolutely necessary'

Feb 25, 2016 - 11:20 PM

China s defense ministry speaks out as tensions rise between the US and China over reports that Beijing has deployed surface to air missiles fighter jets and radar installations in the contested region

WOODY ISLAND. This file aerial view taken on July 27, 2012 shows part of the city of Sansha on the island of Yongxing, also known as Woody island in the disputed Paracel chain, which China now considers part of Hainan province. File Photo from AFP.

China deploys fighter jets to contested island

Feb 24, 2016 - 8:39 AM

UPDATED The Chinese Foreign Ministry neither confirms nor denies this but says its activities are within its sovereign territory

This file aerial view taken on July 27, 2012 shows part of the city of Sansha on the island of Yongxing, also known as Woody island in the disputed Paracel chain, which China now considers part of Hainan province. Stringer/AFP

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China confirms 'weapons' on disputed island

Feb 18, 2016 - 3:35 PM

China attempts to downplay the deployment saying recent reports are an example of Western media playing the same old tune about a China threat

Kerry slams Beijing's increased 'militarization' in South China Sea

Feb 18, 2016 - 1:00 AM

Tensions in the sea are mounting in recent months since China transformed contested reefs in the Spratly islands further south into artificial islands capable of supporting military facilities

ON CHINA. US Secretary of State John Kerry responds to a question on China deploying missiles in the South China Sea, prior to a meeting with Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski at the State Department in Washington, DC, USA, February 17, 2016. Photo by Shawn Thew/EPA

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Beijing deploys missiles on disputed island – Taiwan

Feb 17, 2016 - 1:05 PM

UPDATED The report comes as US President Barack Obama called for tangible steps to reduce tensions in the region

US warship sailed in waters off island claimed by China – Pentagon

Jan 30, 2016 - 9:52 PM

The Pentagon says the freedom of navigation operation was carried out to challenge excessive maritime claims of parties that claim the Paracel Islands

Vietnam fishermen 'attacked by Chinese boats'

Jun 15, 2015 - 6:57 PM

One of the 13 man crew is knocked over and breaks his leg during the altercation according to the crew

Vietnam joins Philippines in case vs China

Dec 12, 2014 - 4:52 PM

Vietnam submits its position on the Philippine arbitration case against China the first time another South China Sea claimant legally challenged China s claims

VIETNAM RESPONDS. Le Hai Binh, spokesperson for the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry, says Vietnam "expressed its position" to the tribunal handling the Philippines' arbitration case. File photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

China builds military airstrip on disputed island – Xinhua

Oct 08, 2014 - 2:31 PM

The runway is Beijing s latest physical assertion of control in the area two years after it declared a city named Sansha centered on Woody Island – known as Yongxing in Chinese – to administer vast swathes of the South China Sea

China blames Vietnam for ramming ships again

Jun 25, 2014 - 9:10 AM

To pin down China however Vietnam releases images of the latest ramming incident between Hanoi and Beijing in the disputed South China Sea

LATEST INCIDENT. This handout photo taken on June 23, 2014 and released to AFP on June 24, 2014 by Vietnam's maritime police allegedly shows a Chinese boat (left) supposedly ramming a Vietnamese vessel (right) in contested waters near China's deep sea drilling rig in the South China Sea. Photo by Vietnam's Maritime Police/AFP

Q and A: 'Brave, patriotic' Vietnam challenges China

Jun 18, 2014 - 8:00 AM

We don t fear anything the Vietnamese ambassador tells Rappler as he slams China s dream to claim the entire South China Sea

China: Vietnam rammed our ships 1,400 times

Jun 09, 2014 - 12:44 PM

China claims Vietnam – an economic dwarf compared to Beijing – provoked the Asian giant first in the South China Sea

EVIDENCE? A screenshot of a video played during a press conference on the growing dispute with China over the South China Sea shows a Vietnamese sinking boat (R) which was allegedly rammed by Chinese vessels near disputed Paracel Islands, near a Marine Guard ship (L), in Hanoi, Vietnam June 5, 2014. Photo by Luong Thai Linh/EPA

China defends oil rig in dispute with Vietnam

Jun 09, 2014 - 1:24 AM

China says the drilling operations are within China s jurisdiction and accuses Vietnamese vessels of illegally and forcefully disrupting work there

Vietnam airs video of Chinese ship ramming fishing boat

Jun 06, 2014 - 3:53 PM

Vietnamese officials say 10 fishermen on board were rescued by nearby vessels after the incident which occurred about 12 nautical miles southwest of the oil rig

EVIDENCE? A screenshot of a video played during a press conference on the growing dispute with China over the South China Sea shows a Vietnamese sinking boat (R) which was allegedly rammed by Chinese vessels near disputed Paracel Islands, near a Marine Guard ship (L), in Hanoi, Vietnam June 5, 2014.

China fires water cannon at another Vietnam ship

Jun 03, 2014 - 7:45 PM

The Vietnamese ship was severely damaged reports the state run China National Radio while Chinese Internet users applaud how Beijing has dealt with Hanoi

Vietnam mulls 'legal actions' against China

May 22, 2014 - 10:11 AM

Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung also tells Reuters that Vietnam is considering various defense options

ASEAN raises 'serious concerns' about China

May 10, 2014 - 7:28 PM

The foreign ministers urge all parties concerned to exercise self restraint and avoid actions which could undermine peace and stability in the area

Will Vietnam follow PH and file case vs China?

May 09, 2014 - 8:15 AM

If China continues its current activities in the Paracels without let up it is providing a pretext for key countries in Southeast Asia to unite in pushing harder for the immediate conclusion of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea

China blames Vietnam for ship collisions in disputed waters

May 08, 2014 - 9:05 PM

Foreign ministry official Yi Xianliang said Vietnamese ships had rammed Chinese vessels 171 times since May 3 – in sharp contrast to Vietnam s claim that its own patrol vessels were repeatedly rammed by Chinese ships protecting a deep water drilling rig near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea

US: China's oil rig near Paracels 'provocative'

May 08, 2014 - 10:35 AM

US state department spokesperson Jen Psaki says China s action undermines peace and stability in the region

Vietnam says China fired water cannon, rammed ships near oil rig

May 07, 2014 - 11:53 PM

Tensions between the communist neighbors have risen sharply since Beijing unilaterally announced last week it would move the deep water drilling rig into disputed waters

China media threatens Vietnam over oil rig row

May 06, 2014 - 1:13 PM

The state run Global Times says China must step up its countermeasures against Vietnam if the latter takes further actions on the two countries row in the Paracels

China: Japan stoking tensions with air defense rumors

Feb 02, 2014 - 2:11 PM

China criticizes Japan after its media reported that Beijing is drafting proposals for an air defense identification zone over the South China Sea

Taiwan hits China fishing law, dismisses PH claim

Jan 13, 2014 - 7:31 PM

Taiwan dismisses the Philippines claim over the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea

DISPUTED ISLANDS. An aerial photo shows Pag-asa (Thitu) Island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands, in the South China Sea located off the coast of western Philippines on July 20, 2011. File photo by Rolex dela Peña/Pool/AFP