territorial claims - updates

Rappler's latest stories on territorial claims

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Civic groups offer 10 recommendations to make ASEAN inclusive

Nov 14, 2017 - 3:56 PM

ASEAN civil society groups say that the protection of human rights in the region is 'inadequate'

U.S. planning more regular South China Sea patrols – report

Sep 02, 2017 - 3:03 PM

The Wall Street Journal says the aim is to create a more consistent posture to counter China s maritime claims

DESTROYER. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) on June 26, 2017. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Mortensen/Released

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

Cambodia blocking ASEAN consensus on South China Sea

Jul 23, 2016 - 6:12 PM

The issue is expected to overshadow the summit happening in Laos with several of the 10 member states also claiming territory in the contested waters

In this file photo, a balloon with the ASEAN logo stands next to ASEAN members and dialogue partners flags at the main venue of the Myanmar International Convention Center, ahead of the arrival of leaders for the 25th Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, Naypyidaw, Myanmar, November 2014. Azhar Rahim/EPA

Binay hits Philippine team vs China in The Hague

Jul 18, 2015 - 8:31 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay is pushing for bilateral talks between Manila and Beijing because according to him the Philippines needs China s money

TEAM PHILIPPINES. The Philippine team at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, before the start of the oral arguments in connection with the arbitration case against China. The country's delegation includes Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Secretary Ronald Llamas, Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte Jr, Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa Jr, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Benjamin Caguioa, Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs Menardo Guevarra, Consul General Henry Bensurto, and legal counsels led by Paul Reichler of FoleyHoag. Photo courtesy of DFA

Vietnam, PH most concerned about China disputes

Jul 17, 2015 - 3:35 PM

The Pew Research Center however says there is little concern worldwide about territorial disputes with China

UNITED FRONT. A Vietnamese child peers from Vietnam and Philippines flags while waiting for the arrival of Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at Villamor Airbase in Pasay City, Philippines, on May 21, 2014. Photo by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

Bishops issue prayer for PH, China

Jul 13, 2015 - 6:42 PM

We cannot represent the Philippines in the international court but we can certainly represent the Philippines before God reelected CBCP head Archbishop Socrates Villegas says

OBLIGATORY PRAYER. Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines president Archbishop Socrates Villegas (C) leads the recitation of the 'oratio imperata' for peace in the West Philippine Sea, along with CBCP vice president Archbishop Romulo Valles and CBCP secretary general Fr Marvin Mejia. Photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

PH lawyer vs China: 'Giant slayer' who defeated US

Jul 10, 2015 - 6:58 PM

Paul Reichler the Philippines chief counsel in its case against China is known for representing small countries against big ones

TOP LAWYER. The Philippines' lead counsel against China, Paul Reichler, has defended sovereign states for more than 25 years. File photo from the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

Tribunal sets 2nd round of PH arguments

Jul 10, 2015 - 7:58 AM

2nd UPDATE This second round of oral arguments is routine and indicates that judges want clarifications a member of the Philippine delegation tells Rappler

HIGH-CALIBER TRIBUNAL. The arbitral tribunal hearing the Philippines' case is led by Judge Thomas Mensah of Ghana, the first president of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (C). Other members (L-R) include Judge Jean-Pierre Cot, Judge Stanislaw Pawlak, Judge Rüdiger Wolfrum, and Professor Alfred H. A. Soons. Photo courtesy of the Permanent Court of Arbitration

Filipinos' trust in China drops to all-time low

Jul 09, 2015 - 7:15 PM

An SWS survey also shows that the West Philippine Sea dispute has become the Philippines 5th most followed news event

'LONG FRIENDSHIP.' Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua greets one of the performers at the launch of an exhibit at the Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs on March 4, 2015. Photo courtesy of DFA

EXPLAINER: Philippines' 5 arguments vs China

Jul 09, 2015 - 1:54 PM

In a nutshell Rappler explains the Philippines 5 arguments in its historic case against China over the West Philippine Sea

TEAM PHILIPPINES. The Philippine team at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, before the start of the oral arguments in connection with the arbitration case against China. The country's delegation includes Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Secretary Ronald Llamas, Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte Jr, Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa Jr, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Benjamin Caguioa, Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs Menardo Guevarra, Consul General Henry Bensurto, and legal counsels led by Paul Reichler of FoleyHoag. Photo courtesy of DFA

PH: China 'irreversibly damaged' environment

Jul 09, 2015 - 8:38 AM

China s island building adds a new dimension to Manila s case against Beijing It wasn t part of the Philippines original arguments in January 2013

TOP GUNS. Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, and Philippine Ambassador to the Netherlands Jaime Victor Ledda discuss while waiting for oral hearings at The Hague to begin. Photo and caption courtesy of Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte

Vietnam, 4 countries attend PH-China hearing

Jul 08, 2015 - 9:03 PM

Next to the Philippines Vietnam is the Southeast Asian country that most actively challenges China s claim over the South China Sea

UNITED FRONT. A Vietnamese child peers from Vietnam and Philippines flags while waiting for the arrival of Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at Villamor Airbase in Pasay City, Philippines, on May 21, 2014. Photo by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

FULL TEXT: The Philippines' opening salvo at The Hague

Jul 08, 2015 - 7:15 PM

China has pursued its activities in these disputed maritime areas with overwhelming force The Philippines can only counter by invoking international law

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario gives a statement about the South China Sea during a news conference in Manila on March 30, 2014. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

PH to Hague tribunal: China threatens law of the sea

Jul 08, 2015 - 5:31 PM

The Philippines says UNCLOS shows that principles trump power; that law triumphs over force; and that right prevails over might

DAY TWO. The Philippine delegation waits inside a session hall at The Hague, The Netherlands, for the second day of the oral hearings on the Philippines' case against China over the South China Sea. Photo courtesy of Abigail Valte

Philippines in full force on 1st day at The Hague

Jul 08, 2015 - 7:38 AM

UPDATED The Philippine government publishes behind the scenes photos of the first day of the historic hearings about the South China Sea

TEAM PHILIPPINES. The Philippine team at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, before the start of the oral arguments in connection with the arbitration case against China. The country's delegation includes Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Secretary Ronald Llamas, Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte Jr, Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa Jr, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Benjamin Caguioa, Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs Menardo Guevarra, Consul General Henry Bensurto, and legal counsels led by Paul Reichler of FoleyHoag. Photo courtesy of DFA

PH vs China at The Hague: '80% of fish' at stake

Jul 07, 2015 - 9:15 AM

On China s ancient arguments a Supreme Court senior justice says The world has rotated a trillion times and you cannot bring this up anymore

SEA DISPUTE. A Chinese coast guard ship (top) and a Philippine supply boat engage in a standoff as the Philippine boat attempts to reach Ayungin Shoal, a reef claimed by both countries, on March 29, 2014. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Singapore PM: Disputes in region keep me up at night

Oct 28, 2014 - 10:32 PM

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong does not expect a resolution to these maritime disputes anytime soon

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

US accuses China of 'destabilizing' acts in South China Sea

May 31, 2014 - 9:50 AM

The United States will not look the other way when fundamental principles of the international order are being challenged says the US Defense Secretary

WARNING TO CHINA. Though the US will not claim sides in Southeast Asian territorial disputes, US Defense Secretary Chuch Hagel says, 'we firmly oppose any nation's use of intimidation, coercion, or the threat of force to assert these claims.' Agence France-Presse file photo

Aquino: ASEAN must tackle China sea claims

May 10, 2014 - 4:11 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says maritime territorial disputes with China concern the security of the region as a whole He reemphasizes the need to follow the rule of law

Aquino inducts new Navy chief amid maritime tensions

Apr 30, 2014 - 9:17 PM

President Benigno Aquino III highlights the increasingly important role played by the Navy as he led the turnover ceremony of new Navy chief Jesus Millan

NEW LEADER. President Benigno S. Aquino III presents the Medal of the command symbol to new Navy chief Jesus Millan. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Dismounting China from the South China Sea

Apr 26, 2014 - 6:18 PM

China s growing energy needs and overlapping territorial claims place its energy security on a collision course with its smaller weaker neighbors

Australia endorses 'code of conduct' for South China Sea

Feb 20, 2014 - 9:22 PM

Bishop said Australia favored the push by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to craft a code of conduct to better manage the issues