By Christine O. Avendaño
The government on Wednesday asked China, claimant countries and the international community to hear out Manila’s triple action plan aimed at freezing activities and easing tension in the disputed South China Sea after Beijing said on Tuesday it would not be stopped from building on the disputed area.
By Amando Doronila
China’s maritime disputes with countries like the Philippines and Vietnam in the South China Sea are increasingly raising anxieties among their neighbors that the row could lead to armed conflict, according to a poll survey released by a US research group two weeks ago.
China’s claim to almost the whole of the South China Sea is “problematic” and the Asian giant’s actions have raised tensions, a senior US official said on Tuesday on the eve of high-stakes talks.
China’s coercive efforts to enforce its territorial claims in disputed waters are not just raising tensions but damaging its international standing, a senior US official said Wednesday.
By Nikko Dizon
President Aquino and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are expected to examine China’s island-chain defense strategy as they open talks here on Tuesday to explore security cooperation in the face of Beijing’s increasing aggressiveness in asserting its territorial claims in the South China Sea.