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Philippine Court Voids 2005 Oil Exploration Agreement with China and Vietnam
January 11, 2023

Philippine Court Voids 2005 Oil Exploration Agreement with China and Vietnam

By Sebastian Strangio
The Supreme Court ruled that the Joint Marine Seismic Undertaking, which expired in 2008, was unconstitutional, casting a shadow over future joint oil development plans.

Philippines, China Agree on Measures to Manage Maritime Disputes
January 05, 2023

Philippines, China Agree on Measures to Manage Maritime Disputes

By Sebastian Strangio
Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Xi Jinping agreed to restart joint oil and gas exploration and set up a direct channel of communication on South China Sea issues.
Philippines Commissions New Gunboats, Plans on Acquiring 15 More
November 29, 2022

Philippines Commissions New Gunboats, Plans on Acquiring 15 More

By Sebastian Strangio
The Philippine navy chief said that the country plans to procure 15 more Shaldag Mark V gunboats, in addition to the nine it has already ordered.

Philippines Seeks Explanation From China Over Seizure of Rocket Debris
November 25, 2022

Philippines Seeks Explanation From China Over Seizure of Rocket Debris

By Sebastian Strangio
The incident close to the Philippine-occupied Thitu Island was just the latest between the two nations in the disputed South China Sea.

Marcos Will Have to Steer the Philippines Through Turbulent Waters
June 08, 2022

Marcos Will Have to Steer the Philippines Through Turbulent Waters

By Don McLain Gill
The incoming president will enter office at a crucial and perilous time in global geopolitics.

Philippines Establishes 3 New Coast Guard Outposts in South China Sea
May 21, 2022

Philippines Establishes 3 New Coast Guard Outposts in South China Sea

By Associated Press
The new outposts reinforce the presence of Filipino troops in the hotly contested Spratly archipelago.

Even Duterte Can’t Get Around the Thorn in China-Philippine Relations
December 01, 2021

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 Deploys More Patrol Ships Amid Rift With China
March 26, 2021

Philippines Deploys More Patrol Ships Amid Rift With China

By Jim Gomez
Manila is beefing up its "maritime sovereignty patrols" in the disputed South China Sea.

South China Sea Tops Agenda as Philippines’ Duterte Arrives in China
August 30, 2019

South China Sea Tops Agenda as Philippines’ Duterte Arrives in China

By Shannon Tiezzi
Both sides are emphasizing the disputed waters, but for different reasons.

Reinforcing the Philippines-US Alliance in an Age of Uncertainty
October 03, 2018

Reinforcing the Philippines-US Alliance in an Age of Uncertainty

By Christian Vicedo
Recent engagements show that Philippines-U.S. security cooperation remains intact, but more can be done.

The ASEAN Summits and the South China Sea
July 31, 2017

The ASEAN Summits and the South China Sea

By Mark J. Valencia
The U.S.-China tussle over the South China Sea issue will be on display in Manila this week.
China's Window of Opportunity in the South China Sea
July 26, 2017

China's Window of Opportunity in the South China Sea

By Xue Li and Cheng Zhangxi
Domestic and international stars have aligned to give China a chance to put forward a solution.

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