The Spratlys are wholly or partly claimed by China and the Philippines as well as Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan

ANN - San Francisco (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Ever since the Spratly dispute became big news in the 1970s, I had always imagined the place as just a bunch of desolate, uninhabited and uninhabitable islands.

  • The Philippines seriously damaged its bilateral relations with China when it pushed through with the filing of its case before the Arbitral Tribunal of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the territorial disputes in the West Philippine Sea. China says it is disappointed with Philippines' filing …

  • BEIJING (Reuters) - China summoned the Philippines ambassador on Monday to lodge a strong complaint over Manila's seeking of international arbitration in a festering territorial dispute over the South China Sea. The Philippines filed the case against China on Sunday at an arbitration tribunal in The Hague, subjecting Beijing …

  • "A deliberately schemed activity." This was how China described the Philippines' move to send a civilian ship with several members of the local press on board to the waters off Ayungin Shoal a day before Manila's submission of its Memorial to the arbitral tribunal challenging Beijing's claim to the West Philippine Sea. …

  • Bronze Cross Medal for Marines at Ayungin … MB - Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    The military on Monday bestowed the Bronze Cross medal to the nine Philippine Marines personnel who were stationed for five months at the Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine … More »Bronze Cross Medal for Marines at Ayungin …

    The military on Monday bestowed the Bronze Cross medal to the nine Philippine Marines personnel who were stationed for five months at the Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea. The Bronze Cross is given to uniformed and civilian personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), as well as, armed forces of friendly …

  • Old US ship home to Filipinos in China standoff
    Old US ship home to Filipinos in China … Associated Press - Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    On board the crumbling carcass of this World War II-era warship, Filipino marine 1st Lt. Mike Pelotera and his eight men make their way to a mid-level deck to raise the … More »Old US ship home to Filipinos in China …

    Old US ship home to Filipinos in China standoff

    On board the crumbling carcass of this World War II-era warship, Filipino marine 1st Lt. Mike Pelotera and his eight men make their way to a mid-level deck to raise the Philippine flag up a leaning pole ...

  • China accuses Philippines of intensifying … MB - Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    China has accused the Philippines of intensifying the territorial dispute in the South China Sea after the latter successfully restocked the supplies for its small military … More »China accuses Philippines of intensifying …

    China has accused the Philippines of intensifying the territorial dispute in the South China Sea after the latter successfully restocked the supplies for its small military contingent aboard the BRP Sierra Madre stationed on  Ayungin Shoal (Ren’ai reef) on Saturday. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the …

  • BRP Sierra Madre: Rusty but brave MB - Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    According to local media, two Chinese Coast Guard vessels on Saturday, March 29, tried to block the Philippine government civilian ship from bringing troops and supplies … More »BRP Sierra Madre: Rusty but brave

    According to local media, two Chinese Coast Guard vessels on Saturday, March 29, tried to block the Philippine government civilian ship from bringing troops and supplies to the small military detachment aboard the BRP Sierra Madre. The aging ship has been aground on the disputed shoal, which is known as the Ren'ai reef …

  • A China Coast Guard ship (top) and a Philippine supply boat engage in a stand off in the South China Sea, on March 29, 2014
    Philippines presses UN case over China … AFP News - Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    The Philippines was set to push forward Sunday its case in the United Nations challenging Beijing's claim to most of the South China Sea, a day after a dramatic stand-off … More »Philippines presses UN case over China …

    A China Coast Guard ship (top) and a Philippine supply boat engage in a stand off in the South China Sea, on March 29, 2014

    The Philippines was set to push forward Sunday its case in the United Nations challenging Beijing's claim to most of the South China Sea, a day after a dramatic stand-off with the Asian giant's coastguard. China can do what it prefers to do on this matter," President Benigno Aquino's spokeswoman Abigail Valte told reporters …

  • Activists dressed as clowns and holding water pistols spray a map illustrating China's claim to the South China Sea during a protest in front of the Chinese consular office in Manila on March 3, 2014
    Philippines to defy China, pursue UN … AFP News - Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    The Philippines said Friday it planned to defy Chinese warnings and pursue a case in the United Nations challenging Beijing's claim to most of the South China Sea. Manila … More »Philippines to defy China, pursue UN …

    Activists dressed as clowns and holding water pistols spray a map illustrating China's claim to the South China Sea during a protest in front of the Chinese consular office in Manila on March 3, 2014

    The Philippines said Friday it planned to defy Chinese warnings and pursue a case in the United Nations challenging Beijing's claim to most of the South China Sea. Manila is to file as scheduled its "memorial", or formal pleading on Sunday, which would allow the UN arbitral tribunal to study the Philippine argument that …

  • The return of 'The bases of our … MB - Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    American and Filipino negotiators are now hurriedly finalizing a new military basing rights agreement to allow the US military to set up bases inside Philippine military … More »The return of 'The bases of our …

    American and Filipino negotiators are now hurriedly finalizing a new military basing rights agreement to allow the US military to set up bases inside Philippine military installations. The new agreement could be finished in time for signing when President Barack Obama visits Manila. The raging “word war” between China …

  • The six pack vs. ampao MB - Wed, Mar 19, 2014

    THE WEEK THAT WAS.  The Philippines rejected a Chinese demand to remove a grounded navy ship from a disputed shoal in South of China Sea. DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez … More »The six pack vs. ampao

    THE WEEK THAT WAS.  The Philippines rejected a Chinese demand to remove a grounded navy ship from a disputed shoal in South of China Sea. DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez was quick to say that the ship "was placed in Ayungin Shoal in 1999 to serve as a permanent Philippine government installation in response to China's illegal …

  • Lessons for Philippines in SCS MB - Mon, Mar 17, 2014

    In 1979, China launched a brief but bloody war against Vietnam, hoping to punish it for sending troops into Cambodia in December, 1978, and overthrowing the genocidal … More »Lessons for Philippines in SCS

    In 1979, China launched a brief but bloody war against Vietnam, hoping to punish it for sending troops into Cambodia in December, 1978, and overthrowing the genocidal regime of Pol Pot, a staunch China ally. However, Beijing’s attempts to enforce its coercive diplomacy, forcing Vietnam to retreat its troops from Cambodia, …

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