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China’s Maritime Dispute With the Philippines is Primarily a Problem With the U.S., Says Professor

The surge in maritime tensions between the Philippines and China that began in February is largely due to the United States instigating its ally in Manila, according to Wu Shicun, director of the South China Sea Research Center at Xiamen University. ...

Marooned Filipino Ship Becomes Center of South China Sea Flashpoint

The deterioration of an aging Filipino ship grounded in the South China Sea is becoming the center of an already concerning global flashpoint between China, the Philippines, and the U.S. No one knows just how fast the BRP Sierra Madre is falling ...

Multilateral Support for the Philippines Could Alter Course of Conflict With Beijing in South China Sea

If conflict were to break out in the South China Sea, the Philippines faces a much larger and more sophisticated military in China, which now has the world’s biggest naval fleet. That has put a growing focus on support Manila might ...

Philippines Drops Railway Funding Request from China Amid South China Sea Disputes

The Philippines is dropping its request for Chinese loans to fund three railway projects totaling more than $5 billion. The decision comes as recent tensions between the two countries in the South China Sea have hit fever pitch. Manila, which said ...

Philippines Says Factions Within Its Country Echoing ‘Pro-Beijing’ Narratives

The Philippines has long been critical of what it deems China’s misinformation campaigns around increasingly contentious issues such as South China Sea disputes. But now Manila says there is a “small but vocal group of Filipinos echoing pro-Beijing narratives” as well. ...

Biden Says Pact With Philippines “Ironclad” While Asserting China Aggression in South China Sea

U.S. President Joe Biden called China’s action towards the Philipines in the South China Sea  “dangerous” and “unlawful” and said any attack would result in U.S. involvement. “The United States defense commitment to the Philippines is ironclad. Any attack on Filipino ...

Philippines Eyes Multilateral Approach Against China in South China Sea

The Philippines will increase multilateral activities, including freedom of navigation transits in the South China Sea and hopes more partners will "join our fight" after multiple recent run-ins with Chinese maritime forces. China’s recent maneuvers "could result in more willing nations to ...

Views From Manila on China-Philippines Confrontations in South China Sea

The recent confrontations between Chinese and Filipino vessels in the South China Sea are prompting significant commentary in the Philippines media, where it appears that public opinion toward China is hardening. Commentators have taken a distinct tough line on the relationship, accepting that it’s going to be ...

South China Sea Conference Wraps Up in Vietnam With High-Level Speakers From China and Other Countries

The two-day 15th Annual South China Sea International Conference concluded Thursday in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, hosting speakers from dozens of countries, including China. The event took place on the heels of multiple confrontations in the South China Sea between Chinese ...

Philippines Digs in Heels in South China Sea While Also Cautioning Restraint

The Philippines appears to be employing a strategy of resolve and restraint in the South China Sea amid some of the most dangerous confrontations with China in recent memory. Manila said it will continue to re-supply a ship it grounded in the ...
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