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China’s nine-dash line came ahead of Unclos, says expert

Wu Shicun, president of National Institute for South China Sea Studies. Photo from http://www.nanhai.org.cn

A Chinese scholar claimed that China has a more solid hold on the South China Sea because its nine-dash line claim over nearly 90 percent of the area has existed before the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos).

Posted: August 22nd, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Sea row overshadows talks between Asean, China

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, center left, greets Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh before commencing the ministerial meeting between China and Asean in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Saturday. AP

Top Chinese and Southeast Asian diplomats met for talks overshadowed by maritime tensions Saturday with Beijing’s increased boldness in disputed waters stirring international concern.

Posted: August 9th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Only 13 of 900 OFWs repatriated from Iraq, no evacuation since–DFA

Iraqi Shiite volunteers who have joined government forces to fight Sunni jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) take part in a training session near the southern port city of Basra on August 7, 2014. A UN statement said some reports put the number of people forced to flee by the IS takeover at 200,000. AFP PHOTO / HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI

Only 13 of the 900 Filipino workers in Iraq have been repatriated despite the ongoing unrest and no OFWs have evacuated since, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Friday, as US President Barack Obama authorized “targeted air strikes” against the strife-torn country.

Posted: August 8th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

China turning reefs into ‘artificial islands’ for ‘dominance’–expert

The DFA released photo of the Mabini Reef showing China’s reclamation activities on the disputed area. DFA

China wants to “establish dominance” in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and it is doing so through land reclamation of reef to turn them into artificial islands, a maritime law expert said.

Posted: June 25th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH Navy helps sick Aussie sailor


An Australian sailor was dropped off here by his submarine on a medical emergency after he was found to be suffering from appendicitis, a Philippine Navy official said Wednesday.

Posted: June 11th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »