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Philippines ‘cautious’ on China’s offer to jointly explore for oil in Spratlys area

This undated photo handout released by the Kayalaan Municipal office on July 13, 2011 shows the island of Kalayaan, which means "Freedom" in the Filipino language, that was created in 1978 mainly to assert the Philippines' claim to the disputed territory in the Spratlys, a chain of islets in the South China Sea. AFP PHOTO/ Kayalaan Municipal office / HO

The Philippines is being cautious about Chinese Ambassador Ma Keqing’s declaration of Beijing’s openness to a joint exploration in the contested West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), a statement recently reiterated by China’s Foreign Ministry in asserting its commitment to a peaceful resolution to the maritime dispute.

Posted: January 7th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

China holds ‘war games’

DFA spokesman Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Chinese military forces on Wednesday held air and ground defense exercises in the protested Sansha City in the southern province of Hainan, the prefecture established last year to govern the disputed Spratlys islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Posted: January 5th, 2013 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

PH embassy in Beijing told to check China plans for Sansha City

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario. AP FILE PHOTO

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario has instructed the Philippine Embassy in Beijing to check on China’s reported plan to fortify the newly established Sansha City saying any such move would violate agreed conduct among claimant countries to the Spratly Islands.

Posted: December 27th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Philippines hits China plan to fortify Sansha


The Philippines on Wednesday denounced China’s decision to strengthen islands at the center of territorial disputes in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as a violation of international law.

Posted: December 27th, 2012 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH mulls response to Chinese e-passports with controversial maps

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A Chinese man holds up a Chinese passport with details on a page that shows dashes which include the West Philippine Sea as part of the Chinese territory outside a passport office in Beijing, China, Friday. AP

Even as the furor over its release of new electronic passports bearing a controversial map of China has yet to dissipate, Beijing has gone on to release an official map of Sansha City, the new administrative domain it created in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) earlier this year to international outcry.

Posted: November 29th, 2012 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »