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China has not stopped building imaginary walls to protect its maritime Silk Road, and the Philippines will soon be a part of the defense line
These incidents in the Philippines-China row typically don't just target state authorities but also affect local fisherfolks
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.
'China should avoid performing acts that will place at risk the Filipino fishermen fishing in the disputed areas,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo
The Philippine and Vietnamese navies spend an afternoon of camaraderie at the Philippine-occupied Northeast Cay in the Spratlys
China reportedly installs these weather stations on Fiery Cross Reef, Subi Reef, and Mischief Reef in the West Philippine Sea
A Chinese Luyang destroyer has approached the USS Decatur in 'an unsafe and unprofessional maneuver in the vicinity of Gaven Reef in the South China Sea,' says US Pacific Fleet spokesman Commander Nate Christensen
The latest harassment of Philippine troops by China in Ayungin is part of a pattern. In 2013, the Armed Forces had already reported that China eyed to occupy the shoal which lies within the country's EEZ.
While Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has refrained from speaking publicly about the Ayungin Shoal incident, he conveyed concern about it in a confidential meeting
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Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano does not categorically call it a form of 'harassment' in the West Philippine Sea, as he prefers to label it an 'incident'
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
From basketball courts to buildings with radar equipment, nearly 800 of these Chinese structures can be found in the West Philippine Sea
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'Vietnam requests that China, as a major regional and global power, show responsibility in the maintenance of peace and stability in the East Sea, stop militarization and withdraw military equipments illegally deployed on structures under Vietnam's sovereignty,' reads a statement of Vietnam's Foreign Ministry
(UPDATED) 'This alleged militarization of the West Philippine Sea is very alarming and it poses a big threat to the country's national defense and security,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in a resolution
'Not since the Japanese invasion of World War II has the Philippines been exposed to such a real and physical threat to its territorial integrity and national sovereignty,' says Senator Leila de Lima
Indeed, China is emerging as the Duterte regime’s ultimate patron – as investor, infrastructure builder, labor and material supplier, and money lender – in a modern-day sort of colonial arrangement
Yet the Palace expresses concern over the reported new missiles and says the issue will be addressed through 'diplomatic means'
The US network CNBC reports, citing sources close to US intelligence, the Chinese army installed anti-ship and air-to-air defenses on outposts also claimed by Vietnam and the Philippines over the last 30 days
Will it end up like his promise to ride a jet ski to the Spratlys?
'Mischief Reef... fall within areas where only the Philippines possesses possible entitlements to maritime zones under the Convention.... Accordingly, the Philippines – and not China – possesses sovereign rights with respect to resources in these areas,' reads the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in July 2016
With 20 years of experience dealing with China behind us, the Philippines should not let its guard down
China ignores a ruling of the UN-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration that declared Mischief Reef a part of the Philippine Exclusive Economic Zone
Xi's call to build a military that can "fight and win" has alarmed China's neighbors, several of whom are embroiled in tense border disputes with the superpower
Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says the actions of the USS John S McCain have violated Chinese and international law seriously impairing the country s sovereignty and security
The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says Beijing s Fiery Cross Reef base in the Spratly Islands now has 12 hardened shelters 4 more than seen in February with retractable roofs that can house missile launchers
The Chinese foreign ministry accuses certain countries outside the region of making erroneous remarks driven by ulterior motives
As China and the Philippines engage in bilateral talks Manila should revisit the South China Sea arbitral award and not sleep on its rights
3rd UPDATE China claims the USS Dewey trespassed in its territorial waters
But there is no timeline yet for the construction activities
(UPDATED) How far China goes to react to Philippine plans to develop Pag-asa island – and how President Rodrigo Duterte responds – will show how the friendship between the two countries really works
They have learned to co exist with the Chinese Their bigger question is when can the Philippine government build facilities to make the island more liveable?
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
UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte says he is complying with China s request for him not to push through with this Independence Day plan
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
That s an order from the President and I intend to carry that out says General Eduardo Año on Friday April 7
Outside the diplomatic arena China’s decision to explore a different approach and strategy in dealing with Filipino fishermen appears to be shaky
Subi Reef which is close to Pag Asa Island in Palawan s Kalayaan Island Group may also house missiles soon according to US officials interviewed by Reuters
I look forward to meeting Xi Jinping again the Chinese Foreign Ministry reportedly quotes President Rodrigo Duterte as saying
UPDATED We re going to have to send China a clear signal that first the island building stops and second your access to those islands is also not going to be allowed Rex Tillerson says
UPDATED Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he will await the recommendation of the military on when he could visit the troops there
UPDATED We cannot stop China at this point in time we will continue to pursue peaceful means at which all of these militarization can be prevented Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says
Foreign ministry spokesman: To conduct construction on China s own territory and deploy necessary national defense facilities is quite normal
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
UPDATED An image of the small Ladd Reef in the Spratly Islands where Vietnam has a lighthouse shows several vessels in a carved out embankment on the reef s edge