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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

At 50, ASEAN faces unpleasant reality check

Aug 27, 2017 - 10:35 AM

At 50 can ASEAN step forward to be the agenda setter putting in place the rules and norms of a regional order governed by international law?

Duterte: Why should I defend West PH Sea sandbar?

Aug 22, 2017 - 1:45 AM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says the presence of Chinese ships in Sandy Cay near Pag asa Island does not count as invasion

Delay hits gov't plan to fix runway in West Philippine Sea

Aug 20, 2017 - 8:47 AM

Construction has yet to start 4 months since Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced the need to immediately repair the Philippine airstrip on Pag asa Island

PAG-ASA ISLAND. About a hundred Filipinos live in one of the biggest islands in the Spratlys.

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

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaks at the closing ceremony of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting and Related Meetings at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. Photo courtesy of ASEAN Media Pool

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Aug 11, 2017 - 10:30 AM

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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

Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI and DigitalGlobe

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

SEA ROW. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano holds a press conference on August 8, 2017, that tackled a range of topics including the Philippines' dispute with China over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

ISLAND BUILDING. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines did not push ASEAN to include China's island building activities in their recently issued statement. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

IN MANILA. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting and Related Meetings hosted by the Philippines. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

HAGUE RULING. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano echoes President Rodrigo Duterte's stance to downplay the Hague ruling won by the Philippines against China in July 2016. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

China Foreign Minister Wang Yi link arms with other foreign ministers of the ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members during the ASEAN-China Ministerial Meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City on Sunday, August 06, 2017. (POOL/KJ ROSALES)

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'S TOP DIPLOMAT Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi grants an interview with reporters on August 6, 2017, during the 50th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting and Related Meetings. ASEAN pool photo

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

TOP DIPLOMATS. ASEAN foreign ministers take part in a meeting of the 50th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM) at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila on August 5, 2017. Erik de Castro/AFP

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

FINISHING TOUCHES. Laborers work on a giant lantern decorated with the logo for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) displayed at the entrance to the venue of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ASEAN-ARF) meeting in Manila on August 3, 2017. Ted Aljibe/AFP

Malacañang: Joint dev't deal in disputed sea should favor PH

Jul 27, 2017 - 7:15 PM

The statement comes after President Rodrigo Duterte s meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi who backs joint development in the West Philippine Sea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with Ambassador of the United  Kingdom to the Philippines Asif Ahmad who paid a courtesy call on  the President at the Study Room of Malacañan Palace on July 25,  2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Jul 12, 2017 - 9:55 PM

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Palace: A year after Hague ruling, PH-China dialogue going well

Jul 11, 2017 - 12:59 PM

On Wednesday July 12 it will have been one year since the Philippines scored a historic victory over China in the South China Sea maritime dispute

Chinese pupils hold the flags of the Philippines and People???s Republic of China as they welcome President Rodrigo Roa Duterte at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

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

FRIENDLY WAVE. Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) waves to the press as he walks with US President Donald Trump at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, April 7, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

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

Dutertismo and the West Philippine Sea: Year One

Jun 30, 2017 - 4:43 PM

Despite its apparent benefits Duterte s policy has not generated any assurance that China will not impose itself and its pre emptive claim over waters and resources that legally pertain to the Philippines

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

The Chinese flag flies prior to the arrival of Prime Minister Li Keqiang for talks at the Chancellery in Berlin on May 31, 2017. Odd Andersen/AFP

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

US Pentagon chief Jim Mattis delivers his speech during the first plenary session at the 16th Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), ShangriLa Dialogue Summit in Singapore on June 3, 2017. Roslan Rahman/AFP

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

NAVAL MIGHT. This photo taken on May 10, 2016 shows crew members of China's South Sea Fleet taking part in a logistics supply drill near the James Shoal area on South China Sea. Stringer/File/AFP

Duterte’s China policy shift: Strategy or serendipity?

May 25, 2017 - 8:05 PM

President Duterte’s strategy of de emphasizing and compartmentalizing while not abandoning the territorial and maritime issues is a wise move that can pay off if done smartly

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China condemns U.S. after warship sails near South China Sea reef

May 25, 2017 - 1:10 PM

3rd UPDATE China claims the USS Dewey trespassed in its territorial waters

MISCHIEF REEF. Structures seen on a satellite image of Mischief Reef on November 15, 2016, released December 13, 2016. Image courtesy of CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

PH Navy commits to deliver materials for Pag-asa repairs soon

May 11, 2017 - 9:22 AM

But there is no timeline yet for the construction activities

COMMITMENT. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado says they will implement the orders of Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to repair facilities on Pag-asa island. Rappler photo

Why Justice Carpio wants China to read his e-book

May 06, 2017 - 3:44 PM

Through his new e book on the South China Sea dispute Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio hopes to convince the Chinese that China s 9 dash line is baseless

Del Rosario, Yasay air opposing views on ASEAN statement

May 02, 2017 - 8:25 PM

Albert del Rosario says the Philippines is off to a perilous road while Perfecto Yasay Jr says ASEAN under the Philippines chairmanship did the right thing

EX-DFA CHIEFS. Former Philippine foreign secretaries Albert del Rosario (left) and Perfecto Yasay Jr (right) air opposing views on the recent ASEAN Chairman's Statement. File photos of Del Rosario and Yasay from AFP

Philippines denies China hand in ASEAN statement

May 02, 2017 - 5:15 PM

The Philippines also says no ASEAN leader strongly pushed to condemn China s island building in the disputed South China Sea

Pag-asa is ours, PH says amid China remarks

May 02, 2017 - 11:25 AM

Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua says it is illegal for the Philippines to occupy disputed West Philippine Sea South China Sea islands

Duterte inspects China warships, jokes of missiles pointed to PH

May 01, 2017 - 11:25 PM

During a tour highlighting China s growing military might Duterte writes a message of peace on a warship s guest book: Weather the waves journey on seas of peace freedom and friendship

MILITARY MIGHT. President Duterte inspects various equipment aboard Chang Chun

Duterte to China: It's PH duty to 'repair' Pag-asa Island facilities

May 01, 2017 - 6:35 PM

The Philippine President says repairs of facilities in Pag asa Island will push through despite China s displeasure

The President was given a tour inside the Chinese Vessel Chang Chun where he was able to see the armaments, the deck, the bridge navigation system as well as the operations room command and control system. The Chinese PLAN officers also presented tokens to the President during his tour. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOS

Duterte open to PH-China military drills in Mindanao

May 01, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expresses openness to joint exercises with China as he visits 3 Chinese warships docked in Davao City

The President was given a tour inside the Chinese Vessel Chang Chun where he was able to see the armaments, the deck, the bridge navigation system as well as the operations room command and control system. The Chinese PLAN officers also presented tokens to the President during his tour. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOS

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 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

#ASEAN2017. A worker waters the grounds around an ASEAN logo outside the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), venue for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Manila on April 25, 2017. Ted Aljibe/AFP

ASEAN Summit in Manila to tackle West PH Sea

Apr 19, 2017 - 6:21 PM

New DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar says the upcoming ASEAN Summit will also be a chance to show the best of the Philippines

NEW SPOKESMAN. Veteran diplomat Robespierre Bolivar, the new Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman, says the upcoming ASEAN Summit in Manila will tackle the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) dispute among other issues. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

When we defied China

Apr 17, 2017 - 11:30 AM

President Duterte still has a chance to salvage the national honor by proceeding with his original plan to raise the Philippine flag on Pag asa

Duterte cancels plan to raise flag in Spratlys

Apr 13, 2017 - 1:20 AM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte says he is complying with China s request for him not to push through with this Independence Day plan

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

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates that he is allowing the urban poor to occupy the vacant housing units that were meant for the police and military in Bulacan in his speech during his visit to the Western Command (WesCom) Headquarters at Camp General Artemio G. Ricarte in Puerto Princesa, Palawan on April 6, 2017. Also in the photo is Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Malacañang Photo

IN PHOTOS: The China build-up

Apr 09, 2017 - 10:30 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the military to occupy and build structures in Philippine territory in the South China Sea China has been building its own way before this

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Duterte to military: Occupy PH islands in South China Sea

Apr 06, 2017 - 4:05 PM

UPDATED The President says there is a need to maintain jurisdiction in the disputed West Philippine Sea

'FORTIFYING' TERRITORIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana attend the anniversary of the Philippine army. Photo by Robinson Niñal Jr/Presidential Photo

Royal New Zealand Navy warship visits Manila

Apr 04, 2017 - 5:32 PM

Officers of the Royal New Zealand Navy will hold a series of joint activities with the Philippine Navy including basketball

Duterte adviser bares plan to fix PH runway in West PH Sea

Apr 01, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The Philippines only runway in the disputed territory has been dilapidated due to forced neglect

PAG-ASA ISLAND. The second biggest island in the disputed South China Sea is home to about a hundred Filipinos. File photo by SSg Amable Milay/Philippine Air Force

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates in his speech during the People's Day celebration at Barangay Batong Dalig, Socorro town in Oriental Mindoro on March 29, 2017 that he has to have a friendly approach in addressing the territorial dispute with China to avoid unnecessary bloodshed. TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo

Philippines to raise China reclamation in talks

Mar 30, 2017 - 9:54 AM

We re certainly not sleeping on this Philippine Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo says of China s island building activities in the West Philippine Sea

'CONSTRUCTION COMPLETE.' China completes constructing 'hangars for 24 combat aircraft and 4 larger hangars' on Subi Reef, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI and DigitalGlobe

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

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his arrival speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 on March 23, 2017, highlights the gains of the country following his successful visit to Myanmar and Thailand. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

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

THE MOUTH OF SCARBOROUGH. Screenshot of a video taken by the Philippine Coast Guard of its first patrol on August 5, 2016 shows a Chinese Coast Guard ship guarding the mouth of the 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

SEEKING CLARIFICATION. Acting Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo answers questions during a press briefing in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler