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.

  • Binay open to exploring for oil with … Philippine Star - 14 hours ago
    Binay open to exploring for oil with China in disputed sea

    Vice President Jejomar Binay, considered a front-runner for the presidency in 2016, said on Thursday he would welcome a joint venture with China to explore for oil and gas in disputed areas of the South China Sea. Binay’s stance is in contrast to President Benigno Aquino, who has opposed business partnerships with China …

  • A Chinese warship stationed near a reclaimed reef in a disputed part of the South China Sea aimed a "powerful light" at a Philippine military plane on a maritime patrol, Philippine military sources said on Thursday. On Monday, the Philippines showed journalists surveillance pictures of China's rapid land reclamation around …

  • Host Malaysia avoids Chinese ire over … Reuters - Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    By Praveen Menon and Manuel Mogato KUALA LUMPUR/MANILA (Reuters) - Malaysia is steering clear of criticising China's actions in the South China Sea at a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders next week, a draft end-statement seen by Reuters shows, despite a push by the Philippines to denounce Beijing's reclamation work. Philippines …

  • Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gregorio Pio Catapang shows some images of the structures being built by China at the disputed islands during a news conference at the AFP headquarters in Manila
    New law to allow Japan to supply U.S. … Reuters - Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    By Nobuhiro Kubo and Tim Kelly TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plans to expand Japan's non-combat role in armed conflicts beyond "areas around Japan" could … More »New law to allow Japan to supply U.S. …

    Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gregorio Pio Catapang shows some images of the structures being built by China at the disputed islands during a news conference at the AFP headquarters in Manila

    By Nobuhiro Kubo and Tim Kelly TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plans to expand Japan's non-combat role in armed conflicts beyond "areas around Japan" could see Tokyo becoming dragged into action in the South China Sea in support of U.S. forces, government and ruling party sources say. Abe will send legislation …

  • The Philippines launched giant war games with the United States and Australia on April 20, 2015
    Manila 'cute little submissive' … AFP News - Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    The Philippines is nothing more than the "cute little submissive" of the United States, a Chinese tabloid with close ties to the ruling Communist Party said on Tuesday, … More »Manila 'cute little submissive' …

    The Philippines launched giant war games with the United States and Australia on April 20, 2015

    The Philippines is nothing more than the "cute little submissive" of the United States, a Chinese tabloid with close ties to the ruling Communist Party said on Tuesday, criticising Manila for military exercises with Washington. The English-language editorial came a day after the Philippines launched giant 10-day war games …

  • US army soldiers disembark from a C-47 Chinook helicopter during an air assault exercise with their Philippine counterparts at the Fort Magsaysay military training camp in Nueva Ecija province on April 20, 2015
    Philippines voices China alarm as US … AFP News - Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    The Philippines voiced alarm Monday about Chinese "aggressiveness" in disputed regional waters as it launched giant war games with the United States that were partly … More »Philippines voices China alarm as US …

    US army soldiers disembark from a C-47 Chinook helicopter during an air assault exercise with their Philippine counterparts at the Fort Magsaysay military training camp in Nueva Ecija province on April 20, 2015

    The Philippines voiced alarm Monday about Chinese "aggressiveness" in disputed regional waters as it launched giant war games with the United States that were partly aimed as a warning shot to Beijing. Philippine military chief General Gregorio Catapang released what he said were satellite photos of intense recent Chinese …

  • Co-chairs of the joint U.S.-Philippines "Balikatan 2015" military exercise Philippine Navy Vice-Admiral Alexander Lopez, left, and U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Christopher Mahoney, center, unfurl the Balikatan flag during the exercise's opening ceremony Monday, April 20, 2015 at Camp Aguinaldo at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. More than ten thousand troops from both countries' militaries are taking part in the annual military drill that focuses on regional security, terrorism, disaster preparedness and inter-operability. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
    US, Philippines start combat drills … Associated Press - Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — More than 11,500 American and Filipino military personnel launched one of their largest annual combat exercises Monday amid growing alarm over … More »US, Philippines start combat drills …

    Co-chairs of the joint U.S.-Philippines "Balikatan 2015" military exercise Philippine Navy Vice-Admiral Alexander Lopez, left, and U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Christopher Mahoney, center, unfurl the Balikatan flag during the exercise's opening ceremony Monday, April 20, 2015 at Camp Aguinaldo at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. More than ten thousand troops from both countries' militaries are taking part in the annual military drill that focuses on regional security, terrorism, disaster preparedness and inter-operability. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — More than 11,500 American and Filipino military personnel launched one of their largest annual combat exercises Monday amid growing alarm over massive land reclamation by China in disputed South China Sea territories.

  • U.S. rebalance to Asia begins with major … Reuters - Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine and U.S. soldiers began their biggest combined military exercise in 15 years on Monday, in a demonstration of Washington's … More »U.S. rebalance to Asia begins with major …

    By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine and U.S. soldiers began their biggest combined military exercise in 15 years on Monday, in a demonstration of Washington's commitment to its long-time ally as it rebalances to Asia in the face of China's expansion in the South China Sea. "The exercises this week are part …

  • China ignores global outcry vs reclamation
    China ignores global outcry vs recl … Philippine Star - Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    On Wednesday, G-7 foreign ministers issued a Declaration on Maritime Security expressing alarm over “unilateral actions, such as large scale land reclamation, which change … More »China ignores global outcry vs recl …

    China ignores global outcry vs reclamation

    On Wednesday, G-7 foreign ministers issued a Declaration on Maritime Security expressing alarm over “unilateral actions, such as large scale land reclamation, which change the status quo and increase tensions” in the region. In their communiqué, which did not specifically mention China, the ministers expressed belief that …

  • Palace defends legal tack in sea row
    Palace defends legal tack in sea ro … Philippine Star - Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    There is nothing weak about taking the legal and diplomatic approach to push for the country’s claims in the disputed West Philippine Sea, Malacañang maintained yesterday. … More »Palace defends legal tack in sea ro …

    Palace defends legal tack in sea row

    There is nothing weak about taking the legal and diplomatic approach to push for the country’s claims in the disputed West Philippine Sea, Malacañang maintained yesterday. On Friday, Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares led a rally in front of the Chinese consulate in Makati City to protest China’s massive reclamation activities …

  • A satellite image of what is claimed to be an under-construction airstrip at Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea
    China 'building runway in disputed … AFP News - Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    China is rapidly building an airstrip on an artificial island in disputed South China Sea waters, recent satellite pictures show, potentially ramping up tensions with … More »China 'building runway in disputed …

    A satellite image of what is claimed to be an under-construction airstrip at Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea

    China is rapidly building an airstrip on an artificial island in disputed South China Sea waters, recent satellite pictures show, potentially ramping up tensions with several Southeast Asian neighbours. Fiery Cross in the Spratly Islands was little more than a reef when China began land reclamation works to turn it into …

  • Members of Bayan Muna (Country First) Party List group display placards during a picket rally over territorial dispute with China in South China Sea, outside the Chinese Consulate in Makati
    Philippines says South China Sea dispute … Reuters - Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino said on Friday the territorial dispute with China in the South China Sea was of concern for the world because global trade will be … More »Philippines says South China Sea dispute …

    Members of Bayan Muna (Country First) Party List group display placards during a picket rally over territorial dispute with China in South China Sea, outside the Chinese Consulate in Makati

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino said on Friday the territorial dispute with China in the South China Sea was of concern for the world because global trade will be hit by China's reclamation. Recent satellite images show China has made rapid progress in building an airstrip suitable for military use in contested territory …

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