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China’s ‘Salami-Slicing Strategy’ Against Philippines in Disputed Sea

By Matthew Walsh Ramming boats, building militarised islands, and threatening perceived trespassers -- China is escalating confrontations with the Philippines in a bid to push it out of the South China Sea, analysts say. One ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

Philippines Says China Sea Clash Doesn’t Invoke U.S. Defense Pact

A South China Sea confrontation this week, in which Chinese coast guard personnel brandished weapons and rammed Philippine naval boats, does not trigger Manila's mutual defense pact with the United States, a presidential spokesperson said Friday. Footage released by Manila showed ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: China and the Philippines Inch Closer to Conflict in the South China Sea

China and the Philippines Inch Closer to Conflict in the South China Sea. Don McLain Gill, a Manila-based geopolitical analyst, said that the situation was now at “a critical juncture” and that “the ball is in the court of the U.S.-Philippines alliance.” (THE DIPLOMAT) ...

Philippines Releases Video of Monday’s Confrontation With China Coast Guard, Sparks Outrage and Fears of Escalation

When news broke of Monday's latest confrontation between Chinese and Philippines maritime authorities in the South China Sea, it was unusual that video of the incident was not available shortly after it happened. But that changed late Wednesday afternoon when the ...

The Philippines Navy Used Armor-Plated Vessel to Protect Against Chinese Water Canons

Chinese Communist Party-run media outlets published photos of the Philippine Navy's re-supply ship which they allege was transporting construction materials to bolster the decrepit World War II-era warship that serves as Manila's outpost on the Second Thomas Shoal. What's most notable about ...

Key Players in South China Sea Confrontation Scramble to Shape the Narrative

The release of videos on Wednesday of this week's violent confrontation between Chinese and Philippines maritime authorities in the South China Sea triggered the usual mix of blame and recriminations among the major parties, but this time, there was a more ominous tone.

Chinese Sailors Wield Sticks, Axe in Disputed Sea Clash With Philippines

Chinese coast guard sailors brandishing weapons, including sticks, knives, and an axe, clashed with Philippine naval vessels near a strategic reef in the South China Sea, dramatic new footage released by Manila showed. Manila said the clash took place Monday as ...

Philippines Says Chinese Coast Guard Boarded Navy Vessels in South China Sea

The Philippine military said Wednesday the Chinese coast guard rammed and boarded Filipino navy boats in a violent confrontation in the South China Sea this week in which a Filipino sailor lost a thumb. Monday's incident was the latest in a ...

Sniping Between China and Philippines Following Ship Collision

Tensions in the South China Sea are high following Monday’s collision between a Chinese coast guard vessel and a Philippine supply ship. The details of the incident are still at issue. It’s the latest in a series of standoffs between China’s Coast ...

Philippines Says Chinese Ships Rammed, Damaged Its Boats

The Philippine government on Monday accused Chinese ships of ramming and damaging its boats in the South China Sea during a confrontation in waters off the Second Thomas Shoal, home to a garrison of Filipino troops. "The People's Liberation Army-Navy, China ...

Philippine Ship, Chinese Vessel Collide in South China Sea: Beijing

Philippine and Chinese vessels collided near the Second Thomas Shoal in the South China Sea on Monday, the Chinese Coast Guard said, as Beijing steps up efforts to push its claims over the disputed area. Known in Chinese as the Ren'ai ...
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