Rappler's latest stories on South China Sea
The People's Liberation Army has organized air and naval forces to warn the USS Preble to leave after it entered waters near China-claimed Scarborough Shoal on Monday morning, May 20
'We'll consistently be present,' says United States Navy chief Admiral John Richardson
Their sail comes as China continues with its rapid military expansion in the South China Sea, which has reached even the part that belongs to the Philippines
China's foreign ministry says the Chinese navy asked the US vessels to leave after they entered waters adjacent to Gaven and Chigua reefs in the Spratly Islands, which Beijing calls Nansha
The clash in the South China Sea at the weekend saw Jakarta summon Vietnam's ambassador on April 29, after the navy detained a dozen Vietnamese fishermen
President Rodrigo Duterte's stronger words on the sea dispute so far revolve around one specific part of the West Philippine Sea – Pag-asa Island. Here's why it's special to him.
There is no official confirmation from China that the Aquino administration sold Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal)
If Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo is not defending the Philippines, 'what in heaven's name is he doing?' says former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the Philippines protested the alleged mass harvesting of giant clams by Chinese vessels in Scarborough Shoal
Should we reject foreign aid as it is ultimately self-serving anyway? Not at all.
(UPDATED) Vietnam is not 'facing the same reaction from China's maritime militia forces as the Philippines recently has,' says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative
'Such actions when not repudiated by the Chinese government are deemed to have been adopted by it,' says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs
But asked if the supposed diplomatic protest against China will be made public, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says, 'No way, José'
President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman also says the Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest about the Chinese vessels, but no details are provided
President Rodrigo Duterte never took China's abuses in the West Philippine Sea seriously, says senatorial bet Gary Alejano
Finance Undersecretary Bayani Agabin says that in the 'unlikely' event of a loan default, China cannot claim Reed Bank. Instead, the Philippines can sell gas and use the cash to pay Beijing.
The claims of Zambales fishermen interviewed in a video for senatorial bet Neri Colmenares question the effectiveness of the Duterte administration's bilateral talks with China on the West Philippine Sea
The Duterte administration has no choice but to abide by China's terms since it is only the borrower while China is the lender, says Malacañang
(UPDATED) 'It is a patriotic move....that deserves the support of every freedom-loving Filipino whose duty is to protect and preserve our country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson
If the Philippines can't pay off its loans to China, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says 'for sure, we will lose in all arbitrations'
(3rd UPDATE) Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario and former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales accuse China of crimes against humanity in the South China Sea
The US assurance that Philippine vessels in the South China Sea are protected by the Mutual Defense Treaty sends a 'strong and clear' signal to Beijing
'Any armed attack on any Philippine forces, aircraft, or public vessels in the South China Sea will trigger mutual defense obligations under Article 4 of our Mutual Defense Treaty,' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assures Manila
Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency report in January is an eye-opener and shows what China is capable of doing in the South China Sea
'We resolutely oppose some of the provocative actions taken by the US that are not conducive to the stability of the Taiwan Strait, and to the China-US relations,' says China foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang
What we can do is try to make China's occupation of the South China Sea a direct threat to other great powers
A spokesperson for the British finance ministry tells several media outlets earlier Saturday, February 16: 'No trip was ever announced or confirmed'
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'
What matters is not who the Philippines is engaging in joint exploration with but whether or not the agreement abides by the Constitution, says administration bet Koko Pimentel
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Satellite images from the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative show 'a high of 95' Chinese vessels surrounding Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea
'We don't want them keeping on building things there.... It will become theirs,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana
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In contrast, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says 'maybe we should be thankful' for China's new 'maritime rescue center' in the West Philippine Sea
Does Malacañang believe China when it says the 'rescue center' will not be used for other purposes? 'We’ll give them the benefit of the doubt,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo.
China claims it will use its artificial islands in the West Philippine Sea for humanitarian purposes, while experts warn that China aims for militarization
The Senate has only 35 days if it wants to initiate investigations into contracts bagged by relatives of Solicitor General Jose Calida and former presidential assistant Bong Go
In 2018, China entered a new 'phase' in its militarization of the South China Sea, including the Spratlys in the West Philippine Sea, says AMTI director Gregory Poling
Former president Benigno Aquino III relied heavily on the United States, while President Duterte swung hard toward China. Is there a middle ground?
The country's former top diplomat says the United Nations gives the Philippines a forum where its views can be heard in the face of a much more powerful country
Hawaii-based South China Sea expert Alexander Vuving talks to Rappler about fears of a big war erupting in the disputed seas, the role of the Philippines as a 'swing state' between the US and China, and how he thinks President Duterte should manage the dispute moving forward
The Pentagon says the sail intends to 'challenge excessive maritime claims' by China and to 'preserve access to waterways as governed by international law'
President Rodrigo Duterte says he did not appoint Justice Antonio Carpio as Chief Justice because he 'refused the offer.' Carpio, however, had accepted the most recent nomination for the post.
'It's in the interest also of China to be accepted as a good neighbor,' says Judge Stanislaw Pawlak, one of the 5 judges in the Philippines' case against China, on Rappler Talk
Judge Stanislaw Pawlak, one of the 5 judges in the Philippines' case against China, sits down with Rappler for a rare interview about the historic Hague ruling of 2016
'The fact that we have recognized China in sharing with [them] our own resources in our own waters is already a victory on their part,' says Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano
The forum – Maritime Disputes in the South China Sea: Navigating the Diplomatic Waters – brings together high-level officials, diplomats, and experts on the issue
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the oil and gas deal with China 'wasn't being pushed' by President Rodrigo Duterte himself
(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says he needs China's permission to release the complete oil deal signed during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping
The petitioners say it is 'high time' that the High Court resolve their 10-year-old petition in view of a new joint exploration deal between the Philippines and China