Filipino scientists call for exclusive access to West Philippine Sea

Filipino scientists call for exclusive access to West Philippine Sea Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) – July 2, 2019 – 5:34pm MANILA, Philippines — A group of Filipino scientists is calling on all concerned parties to stop all activities that would further harm marine resources in the West Philippine Sea. The University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute (UP MSI) pointed out that exclusive access for Filipinos in the West Philippine Sea would be the key to utilizing and protecting resources in the area. “Allowing foreign entities to occupy and…

Carpio inhibits self from SC case for Calida’s ‘peace of mind’

MANILA, Philippines — A critic of the Duterte administration’s South China Sea policy on the Supreme Court on Tuesday inhibited himself from hearing a petition to compel the government to protect three reefs in the West Philippine Sea and rehabilitate the marine environment around them that China had damaged. Shortly before the justices heard oral arguments on the case, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio announced that he would not take part in discussions on the petition for a writ of “kalikasan” (environment) for Panatag (or Scarborough) Shoal, Ayungin (Second Thomas)…

The US–Philippine alliance is moving beyond ‘ironclad’

Author: Gregory Poling, CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative At the start of 2019, it looked like the US–Philippines alliance was heading for crisis. Delfin Lorenzana, the normally pro-American Philippine Secretary of National Defense, began calling for a review of the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) and its application in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. The danger hasn’t completely passed, but it increasingly looks as if the alliance will come out even stronger than before. By the end of 2018, on-the-ground security cooperation — including joint exercises, arms…

UK tells China to honour Hong Kong treaty

Britain has told China to honour its commitments to protect freedoms in Hong Kong after police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters in the former British colony. Officers moved in after crowds stormed and trashed Hong Kong’s legislature on Monday, the anniversary of its return to Chinese rule, protesting against proposed legislation allowing extraditions to mainland China. British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt condemned violence on both sides and warned of consequences if China neglects commitments made when it took back Hong Kong to allow freedoms not enjoyed in…

Joint Communique on the 7th UK-Viet Nam Strategic Dialogue

On the occasion of the 7th UK-Viet Nam Strategic Dialogue, H.E. Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam, To Anh Dung, and Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Harriett Baldwin MP, welcome the sustained progress in the strategic partnership, particularly in support of the rules-based international order, free trade, sustainable economic growth, education and cultural exchanges and welcomed the opportunity to discuss the full range of bilateral and international issues, including human rights. The UK and Viet Nam are strong advocates of global free trade and welcome…

Did China Start Testing Anti-Ship Ballistic Missiles Into the South China Sea?

The tests would mark the first activity of their kind in the South China Sea. China has conducted multiple tests of anti-ship ballistic missiles in the South China Sea, two U.S. officials told NBC News, according to a report published Monday. The tests would mark a significant new type of military activity by the Chinese military in the disputed waters. According to the report, China has conducted a “series” of such tests. The first test occurred during the weekend and splashed down into unspecified waters in the South China Sea,…

Paul Reichler, Philippines’ lawyer vs China

[EXCLUSIVE] Paul Reichler, the Philippines’ lead counsel against China, speaks to Rappler about Recto Bank and the 3rd anniversary of the Hague ruling on the South China Sea Published 11:00 PM, July 02, 2019 Updated 11:00 PM, July 02, 2019 Bookmark to watch on Wednesday, July 3, at 10 AM. MANILA, Philippines – He’s known as the giant slayer. Paul Reichler, an internationally-renowned lawyer based in the United States, was the Philippines’ legal counsel against China in its case over the South China Sea. The Philippines won this case at…