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.

  • A military personnel stands on the beach of Thitu island (Pag-asa) which hosts a small Filipino town as well as an airstrip used for civilian and military flights in the disputed Spratly islands in the South China sea, in June 2014

    The Philippines accused China on Thursday of seeking to take control of nearly the entire South China Sea with an expansionist agenda dominated by "massive reclamation" works. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said China's efforts were aimed at undermining a United Nations tribunal that is due to rule early …

  • Fighting over seas MB - Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    The South China Sea is a 3,500,000-square-kilometer marginal sea (a sea partially enclosed by islands) located west of the Philippines, south of China, east of Vietnam, and north of Malaysia. China is claiming the whole area as theirs while the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Chinese Taipei, and Brunei are claiming parts …

  • ‘Peace in South China Sea a US national … Philippine Star - Sun, Mar 22, 2015
    ‘Peace in South China Sea a US national interest’

    The US has a national interest in the maintenance of peace and stability in the South China Sea and has consistently and frequently raised with China its concerns over large-scale Chinese sea reclamations, the US State Department said. “The United States continues to take additional concrete steps to support peace and …

  • China reclamation alarms US senators
    China reclamation alarms US senator … Philippine Star - Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    Leading US senators expressed alarm on Thursday at the scale and speed of China’s land reclamation in the South China Sea and said a formal US strategy was needed to … More »China reclamation alarms US senator …

    China reclamation alarms US senators

    Leading US senators expressed alarm on Thursday at the scale and speed of China’s land reclamation in the South China Sea and said a formal US strategy was needed to slow or stop the work.

  • Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee McCain (R-AZ) greets Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Dempsey before hearing testimony in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2016
    Senators seek US strategy to stop China's … Reuters - Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leading U.S. senators expressed alarm on Thursday at the scale and speed of China's land reclamation in the South China Sea … More »Senators seek US strategy to stop China's …

    Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee McCain (R-AZ) greets Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Dempsey before hearing testimony in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2016

    By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leading U.S. senators expressed alarm on Thursday at the scale and speed of China's land reclamation in the South China Sea and said a formal U.S. strategy was needed to slow or stop the work. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter, …

  • Testing Beijing, Tokyo eyes growing role in South China Sea
    Testing Beijing, Tokyo eyes growing … Philippine Star - Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    Seventy years after its imperial forces were kicked out of the South China Sea, Japan is quietly moving back into the region, forging security ties with the Philippines … More »Testing Beijing, Tokyo eyes growing …

    Testing Beijing, Tokyo eyes growing role in South China Sea

    Seventy years after its imperial forces were kicked out of the South China Sea, Japan is quietly moving back into the region, forging security ties with the Philippines and Vietnam as both South-east Asian nations try to cope with China’s territorial ambitions. Tokyo’s security cooperation is broad-based: It is supplying …

  • Japan eyes growing role in disputed … MB - Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    Tokyo– Seventy years after its imperial forces were kicked out of the South China Sea, Japan is quietly moving back into the region, forging security ties with the Philippines … More »Japan eyes growing role in disputed …

    Tokyo– Seventy years after its imperial forces were kicked out of the South China Sea, Japan is quietly moving back into the region, forging security ties with the Philippines and Vietnam as both Southeast Asian nations try to cope with China’s territorial ambitions. Tokyo’s security cooperation is broad-based: It is supplying …

  • Insight - Testing Beijing, Japan eyes … Reuters - Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    By Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO (Reuters) - Seventy years after its imperial forces were kicked out of the South China Sea, Japan is quietly moving back into the … More »Insight - Testing Beijing, Japan eyes …

    By Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO (Reuters) - Seventy years after its imperial forces were kicked out of the South China Sea, Japan is quietly moving back into the region, forging security ties with the Philippines and Vietnam as both Southeast Asian nations try to cope with China's territorial ambitions. Tokyo's security …

  • Testing Beijing, Japan eyes growing … Reuters - Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    By Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO (Reuters) - Seventy years after its imperial forces were kicked out of the South China Sea, Japan is quietly moving back into the … More »Testing Beijing, Japan eyes growing …

    By Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO (Reuters) - Seventy years after its imperial forces were kicked out of the South China Sea, Japan is quietly moving back into the region, forging security ties with the Philippines and Vietnam as both Southeast Asian nations try to cope with China's territorial ambitions. Tokyo's security …

  • US: China is expanding its South China … Associated Press - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — China is expanding its outposts in the South China Sea to include stationing for ships and potential airfields as part of its "aggressive" … More »US: China is expanding its South China …

    WASHINGTON (AP) — China is expanding its outposts in the South China Sea to include stationing for ships and potential airfields as part of its "aggressive" effort to exert sovereignty, the U.S. intelligence chief said Thursday.

  • Pag-asa Island residents celebrate ‘EDSA’ with troops, Jollibee
    Pag-asa Island residents celebrate ‘EDSA’ … Philippine Star - Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    PAG-ASA ISLAND, Palawan – When 11-year-old Rogelio heard that Jollibee, the iconic mascot of the popular fastfood chain, would be visiting their rustic village, the boy … More »Pag-asa Island residents celebrate ‘EDSA’ …

    Pag-asa Island residents celebrate ‘EDSA’ with troops, Jollibee

    PAG-ASA ISLAND, Palawan – When 11-year-old Rogelio heard that Jollibee, the iconic mascot of the popular fastfood chain, would be visiting their rustic village, the boy brimmed over with excitement. His classmate Dave was delighted to see the mascot and to again taste the Chickenjoy fried chicken served by the fastfood …

  • WESCOM to secure Phl
    WESCOM to secure Phl Philippine Star - Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    “While it is true that other claimants destabilized the region, your stay here will sustain our effective presence and will show that this is a territory of the Philippines … More »WESCOM to secure Phl

    WESCOM to secure Phl

    “While it is true that other claimants destabilized the region, your stay here will sustain our effective presence and will show that this is a territory of the Philippines and that makes your duty here patriotic,” Lopez told government forces here last Wednesday. “We will not abandon this territory of the Philippines …

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