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Philippines, Japan to Hold Security Talks Next Month

Japan and the Philippines are to hold high-level defence and security talks next month, the foreign department said Friday, as the two countries seek to boost ties in the face of China's growing regional pressure. Japan's Defence Minister Minoru Kihara and ...

U.S. Tells China That Philippines Support ‘Ironclad’

A top US official on Thursday told a Chinese counterpart that Washington's defense commitments to the Philippines were "ironclad" after a violent clash in the South China Sea. Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell "raised serious concerns" about Chinese actions in ...

Marcos Says Philippines Must ‘Do More’ Than Protest China Sea Actions

President Ferdinand Marcos said Thursday that the Philippines needs to do more than protest Beijing's "illegal actions" in the South China Sea. Chinese coast guard personnel wielding knives, sticks, and an axe surrounded and boarded three Filipino navy boats last week, video showed, ...

The Crisis in the South China Sea Enters a Dangerous New Phase

The violent confrontation between China and the Philippines on June 17th near the Second Thomas Shoal marked a sharp escalation in tensions between the two countries over their rival territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Philippines Eyes China Talks After Violent Sea Clash

The Philippines is eyeing talks with China to discuss a violent clash last week between their sailors in the South China Sea, Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo said Tuesday. Chinese coast guard personnel wielding knives, sticks, and an axe foiled a June ...

Chinese Media Response to Philippines Crisis Blends a Mix of Righteousness, Bravado, and Conspiracy

Last week's violent confrontation between Chinese and Filipino maritime authorities in the South China Sea triggered a furious response in Chinese domestic media, both from official outlets and from ...

Marcos Says Philippines Won’t Be Intimidated Amid China Row

President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. said Sunday the Philippines "will not be intimidated" by anyone after a violent clash between the Filipino navy and the Chinese coast guard in the South China Sea. The confrontation took place Monday off Second Thomas Shoal ...

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 ...
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