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China, U.S. Meet Face-to-Face for First Time in Two Years to Discuss Taiwan and South China Sea

Chinese and U.S. military officials met in Washington this week for their first in-person talks in more than two years as the world’s two superpowers seek common ground after nearly a year of animosity. Taiwan and the South China Sea ...

China Looms Over Jokowi’s Southeast Asia Trip

Indonesia’s President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo embarked on a Southeast Asian tour this week, visiting the Philippines, Vietnam, and Brunei. The visit comes as China steps into a more assertive role in Southeast Asia. Its territorial claims in the South China Sea ...

Marcos Says ‘We Have to Do Something We Have Not Done Before’ to Deal With China

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has sparked a flurry of speculation over seemingly unprecedented comments he made regarding confrontations with Beijing in the South China Sea. In a recent interview with Japanese media, Marcos said traditional diplomacy with China had failed ...

Prominent Scholar Warns That Philippine South China Sea ‘Provocations’ Are Undermining China-ASEAN Ties

A respected Chinese scholar has given insight into official thinking on the impact Beijing’s maritime conflicts with the Philippines are having on China-ASEAN relations. Philippine “provocations” in the South China Sea are undermining cooperation between China and ASEAN and could have ...

Philippines’ Threat of New South China Sea Structure Inflames Beijing

China is lashing out at signals that the Philippines may be set to build a structure in what Beijing considers the most sensitive part of the South China Sea between the two countries. The developments are a potentially dangerous new step in what ...

Growing Chorus of Philippine Voices Calls for Calm in South China Sea

While China-Philippines tensions in the South China Sea are at their worst in recent memory, and both sides have dug in their heels, there have been sprouts of a Filipino contingency calling for Manila to rethink the costs of a potential conflict.

Marcos Calls for Closer Security Ties with Japan and the U.S. to Counter China in South China Sea

Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. acknowledged this weekend that ties with China are deteriorating over the constant confrontations between the two countries in the South China Sea. Marcos said “the South China Sea situation is the most complex geopolitical challenge that the ...

The Chinese Media Narrative About the South China Sea: It’s Everyone Else’s Fault

The emerging Chinese media narrative about the escalating confrontation with the Philippines over territorial disputes in the South China Sea largely blames the United States and other outside "trouble-makers" for manipulating the Philippines to serve as their proxy in this conflict.

Indian and Japanese Maritime Forces Make Port Calls to Philippines as China Tensions Grow

The Philippines appears to be taking inspiration from Vietnam’s multi-alignment strategy in its escalating confrontation with China over disputed territory in the South China Sea. This week, the Philippines Navy welcomed ports of call from both the Indian and Japanese maritime forces. ...

Diplomatic Jousting Escalates After Dangerous China-Philippines Quarrels in South China Sea

China and the Philippines are amplifying their criticism of each other after a weekend of dangerous run-ins in the South China Sea. Incidents on Saturday and Sunday were among the most confrontational in what has been a busy year of encounters ...
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