Commentary: Time for a new Philippine strategy toward China

Commentary: Time for a new Philippine strategy toward China Not even a powerful president like Duterte can prevent China from altering the status quo. So, what’s the plan? In his most provocative statement yet, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte urged China to stay away from a Philippine-controlled island in the South China Sea: “I am asking you, I will not plead or beg, but I’m just telling you, lay off the Pag-asa because I have soldiers there. And if you lay a finger on them, it’s another story. I will tell my soldiers, prepare…

A formula for the Philippines, China, and Vietnam in the West Philippine Sea-South China Sea and other participants » Manila Bulletin News

Published April 20, 2019, 10:00 PM By Jose De Vencia Jr. At some point now or sooner than later, the claimants in the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea will have to sit down and agree on a seismic and oil exploration program to be fol­lowed by a definitive oil drilling and development schedule for a satisfac­tory commercial petroleum discovery which is anticipated. This should include a detailed and definitive agreement in the event of marginal hydrocarbon discoveries, non-commercial in volume, and must be followed through by a series of exploration…

Philippine Navy sends war vessel to join in China Navy founding anniversary » Manila Bulletin News

Published April 16, 2019, 7:30 PM By Aaron Recuenco  The Philippine Navy has sent 400 of its personnel on board a recently-acquired amphibious war vessel to participate in the founding anniversary of China’s naval force next week. Capt. Jonathan Zata, head of the Naval Public Affairs Office, said the BRP Tarlac is expected to arrive at Qingdao, China and will join the other naval forces of Asia and other foreign countries for the main celebration of the 70th Founding Anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army-Navy (Chinese PLA-Navy). The delegation, according…

Fisherfolk seek SC help in protecting West Philippine Sea

Fisherfolk from Palawan and Zambales represented by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines ask the Supreme Court to compel the government to protect the environment in the West Philippine Sea. PHOTO from IBP. MANILA, Philippines — Citing the failure of the Duterte Cabinet and the head of government agencies to protect the maritime environment in the West Philippine Sea, fisherfolk from Palawan and Zambales turned to the Supreme Court for help. In a 34-page petition, the fisherfolk, represented by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), on Tuesday filed a…

Russias Pacific Fleet, Philippine Navy Hold Drills In South China Sea – Spokesman

Fahad Shabbir (@FahadShabbir) 12 minutes ago Sat 13th April 2019 | 04:48 PM Ships from the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet and the Philippine Navy are holding naval drills in the South China Sea, Russian Pacific Fleet spokesman Nikolai Voskresensky said on Saturday MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 13th April, 2019) Ships from the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet and the Philippine Navy are holding naval drills in the South China Sea, Russian Pacific Fleet spokesman Nikolai Voskresensky said on Saturday. Earlier in the day, Russian Admiral Vinogradov and Admiral Tributs…

China asserts sovereignty over Nansha Islands after Philippine claims

China on Thursday asserted its sovereignty over the Nansha Islands in the South China Sea citing historical evidence of thousands of years and stressing that any disagreements over the issue should be handled through negotiations. The Chinese assertion came in response to last week’s remarks by Philippine officials claiming a section of the islands as belonging to the Southeast Asian country, and on a day when U.S. warship USS Wasp carrying at least hi-tech stealth fighter jets took part in key war games with the Philippines in the South China…

US warship cruises disputed sea in Philippine war games

MANILA: A US warship laden with hi-tech fighter planes took centre stage at key war games in the Philippines Thursday (Apr 11), brandishing military might as fresh tensions bubble in the contentious South China Sea. The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, with at least 10 F-35B stealth jets on deck, stood guard as amphibious tanks rolled onto a Philippine beach located a short sail from islands also claimed by China. Advertisement The vessel was in the area for long-running US-Philippine military drills, which come as Manila pushes back against the…

Vietnam ‘quietly upgrades’ facilities in West Philippine Sea

(UPDATED) Vietnam is not ‘facing the same reaction from China’s maritime militia forces as the Philippines recently has,’ says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative Published 4:40 PM, April 10, 2019 Updated 8:18 PM, April 10, 2019 VIETNAM UPGRADES. Vietnam is quietly upgrading its facilities in the Spratly Islands, says the Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Photo courtesy of AMTI/CSIS/DigitalGlobe MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Vietnam has quietly upgraded its facilities in the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) since…

Australian firm eyes Philippine Navy contract for patrol vessels

Austal Philippines president and general manager Wayne Murray says that aside from providing modern vessels to the Philippine Navy, they can offer lifetime support as well Published 3:30 PM, April 08, 2019 Updated 3:30 PM, April 08, 2019 NEW SHIPS. Australian firm Austal, which has a unit based in Cebu, is giving the Philippine government an option to source military vessels locally instead of buying from other countries. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler MANILA, Philippines – Australian shipbuilding firm Austal, which has a unit in Cebu, is looking to enter into…

Senate probe into Chinese vessels in West Philippine Sea sought

Senate probe into Chinese vessels in West Philippine Sea sought Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) – April 4, 2019 – 12:04pm MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Risa Hontiveros on Thursday said she will file a resolution to urge the Senate to look into the presence of Chinese vessels in Philippine waters. Hundreds of Chinese ships, assumed to be part of Chinese maritime militia, have reportedly been surrounding Pag-asa Island, one of the largest features in the Spratly chain in the West Philippine Sea. Hontiveros said the public should know what the…