China’s Big Gamble in the South China Sea
By Hung Tran
Heightened China-Philippines tension around Second Thomas Shoal could escalate to military skirmishes – and that’s a chance Beijing appears willing to take.
Dozens of Chinese Ships Chase Philippine Vessels Near Disputed Shoal
By Jim Gomez and Joeal Calupitan
The confrontation was just the latest Chinese attempt to prevent the resupply of Second Thomas Shoal, a Philippine-occupied feature in the Spratly Islands.
South China Sea Flashpoints: The Second Thomas Shoal Crisis
By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
What's driving tensions between China and the Philippines at Second Thomas Shoal?
Holding the Line Against China’s Maritime Bullying: The Philippines Sets a New Standard
By Lisa Curtis
The Philippines’ bold and creative moves to defy China provide a powerful example to the other Southeast Asian nations on how they, too, can resist Chinese interference.
Philippine Boats Breach Chinese Blockade in Faceoff Near a Disputed Shoal
By Jim Gomez
The stand-off is just the latest to take place at Second Thomas Shoal, a Philippine-occupied feature in the South China Sea.
Who Promised to Remove the Grounded Philippine Ship on Second Thomas Shoal?
By Mong Palatino
Government officials, including two former presidents, have denied Beijing's claim that Manila made an agreement to remove the ship from the disputed shoal.
Philippine Foreign Secretary Calls for China to Reduce Tensions in South China Sea
By Sebastian Strangio
Enrique Manalo's comments come at a time of growing tension over Second Thomas Shoal, a Philippine-occupied atoll in the Spratly Islands.
Even Duterte Can’t Get Around the Thorn in China-Philippine Relations
By Bonnie Girard
The South China Sea continues to be a perennial flashpoint, despite Duterte's best efforts to keep relations on an even keel.
Philippines Tries to Keep South China Sea Outpost Afloat
By Shannon Tiezzi
The Philippines is doing repair work on a ground ship that hosts a small contingent of Philippine soldiers.