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.

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

  • China to project power through artificial … Philippine Star - Fri, Feb 20, 2015
    China to project power through artificial islands

    China’s creation of artificial islands in the South China Sea is happening so fast that Beijing will be able to extend the range of its navy, air force, coastguard and fishing fleets before long, much to the alarm of rival claimants to the contested waters. While the new islands won’t overturn US military superiority in …

  • By Greg Torode HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's creation of artificial islands in the South China Sea is happening so fast that Beijing will be able to extend the range of its navy, air force, coastguard and fishing fleets before long, much to the alarm of rival claimants to the contested waters. While the new islands won't …

  • Philippines protests China land reclamation … Associated Press - Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has protested Chinese land reclamation at a disputed reef in the South China Sea, saying it violates Manila's exclusive … More »Philippines protests China land reclamation …

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has protested Chinese land reclamation at a disputed reef in the South China Sea, saying it violates Manila's exclusive economic zone.

  • Indonesian President Joko Widodo, second from right, is greeted by Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay, second from left, as he arrives at the Villamor Air Base in suburban Pasay, south of Manila, Philippines, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. Widodo is set to meet Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and other top officials tomorrow to discuss ways to enhance economic, security ties and regional issues including territorial conflicts in the South China Sea. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
    Philippine, Indonesian leaders to discuss … Associated Press - Sun, Feb 8, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines will raise its concerns over China's land reclamation in disputed reefs and discuss Manila's new peace deal with Muslim … More »Philippine, Indonesian leaders to discuss …

    Indonesian President Joko Widodo, second from right, is greeted by Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay, second from left, as he arrives at the Villamor Air Base in suburban Pasay, south of Manila, Philippines, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. Widodo is set to meet Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and other top officials tomorrow to discuss ways to enhance economic, security ties and regional issues including territorial conflicts in the South China Sea. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines will raise its concerns over China's land reclamation in disputed reefs and discuss Manila's new peace deal with Muslim rebels with Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, who arrived Sunday for a brief visit, an official said.

  • Philippines protests Chinese ramming … Associated Press - Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines protested to Beijing on Wednesday after a Chinese coast guard ship allegedly rammed and damaged three Philippine fishing boats … More »Philippines protests Chinese ramming …

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines protested to Beijing on Wednesday after a Chinese coast guard ship allegedly rammed and damaged three Philippine fishing boats at a disputed shoal in the South China Sea.

  • Chinese agency: Phl a ‘cry baby’
    Chinese agency: Phl a ‘cry baby’ Philippine Star - Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    The caustic commentary by the Xinhua news agency came two days after foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) voiced concern over Beijing’s … More »Chinese agency: Phl a ‘cry baby’

    Chinese agency: Phl a ‘cry baby’

    The caustic commentary by the Xinhua news agency came two days after foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) voiced concern over Beijing’s land reclamation efforts in the South China Sea. Manila – which has challenged China’s territorial claims at a UN tribunal – had urged the 10-country …

  • Philippines warns ASEAN over China … Associated Press - Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has urged fellow Southeast Asian nations to demand that China immediately stop its land reclamation in contested South China … More »Philippines warns ASEAN over China …

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has urged fellow Southeast Asian nations to demand that China immediately stop its land reclamation in contested South China Sea reefs, warning the 10-nation bloc's credibility may be undermined if it remains silent on the issue.

  • Chinese coast guard vessels sailing near disputed waters in the South China Sea, on May 14, 2014
    ASEAN ministers express concern over … AFP News - Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Southeast Asian foreign ministers on Wednesday expressed concern at Chinese land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea, as the Philippines urged them to stand up … More »ASEAN ministers express concern over …

    Chinese coast guard vessels sailing near disputed waters in the South China Sea, on May 14, 2014

    Southeast Asian foreign ministers on Wednesday expressed concern at Chinese land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea, as the Philippines urged them to stand up to Beijing. The statement came after Manila warned fellow members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at a ministers' retreat in Malaysia …

  • China island building 'threat to … MB - Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    China's reclamation of land in disputed South China Sea waters is a "threat" to all nations in Southeast Asia, the Philippines' foreign minister said Thursday. Albert … More »China island building 'threat to …

    China's reclamation of land in disputed South China Sea waters is a "threat" to all nations in Southeast Asia, the Philippines' foreign minister said Thursday. Albert del Rosario repeated a warning last year that Beijing was reclaiming land around isolated reefs in the South China Sea to turn them into islands which could …

  • A member of the military looks out to sea from a beach on Thitu island, one of the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea, in June 2014
    Philippines slams China island building … AFP News - Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    The Philippines' foreign minister on Thursday slammed China's attempts to build islands in the disputed South China Sea, prompting Beijing to accuse Manila of making … More »Philippines slams China island building …

    A member of the military looks out to sea from a beach on Thitu island, one of the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea, in June 2014

    The Philippines' foreign minister on Thursday slammed China's attempts to build islands in the disputed South China Sea, prompting Beijing to accuse Manila of making "trouble out of nothing". Albert del Rosario repeated a warning that Beijing was reclaiming land around isolated reefs in the South China Sea to turn them …

  • U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel, right, shakes hands with Philippine Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Evan P. Garcia, second from right, after their press conference on the fifth Philippines-United States Bilateral Strategic Dialogue in Manila, Philippines Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Garcia said surveillance photographs have shown that China's reclamation of contested reefs in the South China China has assumed a "massive" scale, with Beijing continuing its expansion in disputed territories despite past protests. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
    Manila: China's reclamation in disputed … Associated Press - Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — China's land reclamation in contested reefs in the South China Sea has become "massive," and is continuing despite protests from … More »Manila: China's reclamation in disputed …

    U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel, right, shakes hands with Philippine Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Evan P. Garcia, second from right, after their press conference on the fifth Philippines-United States Bilateral Strategic Dialogue in Manila, Philippines Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Garcia said surveillance photographs have shown that China's reclamation of contested reefs in the South China China has assumed a "massive" scale, with Beijing continuing its expansion in disputed territories despite past protests. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — China's land reclamation in contested reefs in the South China Sea has become "massive," and is continuing despite protests from other countries, a Philippine official said Wednesday, citing surveillance photographs.

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