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New Dataset Reveals the Extent Beijing is Determined to Enforce South China Sea Territorial Claims

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. released an update to its South China Sea interactive dataset that provides a visual overview of the key factors fueling the current crisis. The AMTI tool ...

Philippines President Denounces Chinese Plan to Detain South China Sea “Trespassers”

Tensions flared anew this weekend between the Philippines and China over Beijing's announcement that its coast guard now has the power to detain so-called "trespassers" who traverse its self-declared ten-dash line territorial boundary in the South China Sea. The China Coast ...

Two Chinese Warships in Cambodia for Military Drills

Two Chinese warships docked in Cambodia on Sunday as part of the biggest-ever joint military drills with the Southeast Asian nation. Beijing's ambassador hails their "ironclad" friendship. Cambodia has long been a staunch ally of China and has received billions of ...

A Tale of Two Ports: A Potential Shift in Indian Ocean Maritime Politics?

By Saniya Kulkarni India recently signed an agreement with Iran to jointly develop and operate Chabahar Port, located on the southeastern Iranian coast on the Gulf of Oman. The new arrangement, which entails India committing to investing $370 million into the infrastructure of ...

Philippines to Buy 5 Japanese-Made Coast Guard Ships in $400 Million Deal

The Philippines has agreed to buy five coast guard patrol ships from Japan in a deal worth more than $400 million, Manila said Friday, as the Southeast Asian country faces growing Chinese pressure in the South China Sea. Japan will loan ...

UPDATE: Philippine Civilian Boat Convoy Won’t Proceed to China-Held Reef

A Philippine boat convoy bearing supplies for Filipino fishers said it was headed back to port Thursday. It had ditched plans to sail to a Beijing-held reef off the Southeast Asian country after one of its boats was "constantly shadowed" by a Chinese vessel.

Philippine Boat Convoy Won’t Proceed to China-Held Reef: Organizers

A convoy of boats carrying Philippine civilians bearing supplies for Filipino fishers has abandoned plans to sail closer to a China-held reef off the Southeast Asian country, organizers said Thursday. The convoy set sail Wednesday to distribute fuel and food to ...

Philippine Civilian Convoy Sails Towards Disputed Reef

By Faith Brown Civilians on board Philippine fishing boats sailed Wednesday towards a China-controlled reef off the Southeast Asian country, handing out aid to Filipino fishermen and dropping buoys to assert their rights to the disputed waterway.

Chinese, Filipino Ships Poised for Major South China Sea Confrontation

Four China Coast Guard ships backed by 26 maritime militia vessels are heading toward the disputed Scarborough Shoal to block an estimated one hundred Philippine civilians from completing a resupply mission for compatriot fishers. The volunteers are scheduled to arrive at the ...

China Says ‘Issued a Warning’ to U.S. Navy Ship in South China Sea

Beijing's military on Friday said it had tailed and issued a warning to a U.S. Navy ship in the disputed South China Sea, just days after the same vessel sparked China's ire by sailing through the Taiwan Strait. Beijing claims almost ...
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