After more than 17 years of fruitless bilateral consultations with China, the Philippines filed a motion for arbitration in a United Nations tribunal in January as it sought a peaceful solution to its territorial dispute with Beijing over territory in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
China has a sovereign right to establish a maritime air defense zone over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as it did in the East China Sea, the Chinese ambassador to the Philippines said.
By Matikas Santos
China’s aircraft carrier has docked in the southernmost island province of Hainan two days after it set sail to conduct sea trials in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
More than 1,000 Japanese troops were offered a warm welcome here on Friday as they prepared to launch relief operations across typhoon-devastated islands that Japan brutally occupied seven decades ago.
The outpouring of international aid to the Philippines makes China’s contribution for typhoon relief look like a trickle — and that won’t help Beijing’s campaign to win over neighbors with its soft power.
The United States has significantly increased its warships and aircraft deployed in Asia despite Washington’s budget woes, adding punch to its “pivot” to the region, a senior naval commander said.
By Tarra Quismundo
India has expressed its support for a peaceful resolution to the territorial conflict in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), adding it hoped the Philippines’ arbitration bid would prosper and lead to the stability of international waters.
By Marlon Ramos
Move over. The big boys are coming. President Benigno Aquino III said the Philippines was close to finalizing a deal with a state-owned Korean aerospace firm to buy a squadron of FA-50 fighter jets worth P18.9 billion—a move seen to bolster the country’s aerial power and defend its territory in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
By Dennis Atienza Maliwanag
The European Union has a “vital interest” in a secure and open maritime trade routes even as it expressed alarm at the escalating tension in the South China Sea.
By Michael Lim Ubac
The has finally found a firm footing in the international arena, with big players now listening to the voice of the fastest growing economy in the region, President Aquino said in his arrival statement issued late Thursday.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Brunei for meetings with top officials from China and its smaller Southeast Asian neighbors, in which he will urge all countries to cool tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
By Christian V. Esguerra
Malacañang on Saturday played down the absence of US President Barack Obama from two key regional meetings—the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum in Bali, Indonesia on Monday and Tuesday and the East Asia Summit in Brunei on Wednesday and Thursday—to be attended by the region’s leaders, including President Benigno Aquino III.