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Philippine President Vows to Defend Territory After Latest Maritime Clash

Philippine President Vows to Defend Territory After Latest Maritime Clash

By Sebastian Strangio
In two separate incidents over the weekend, Chinese vessels collided with and used water cannons against Philippine ships in contested parts of the South China Sea.
Philippines Calls Out China For ‘Swarming’ Disputed Reef

Philippines Calls Out China For ‘Swarming’ Disputed Reef

By Sebastian Strangio
The incident is the latest in a string of assertive Chinese actions in waters claimed by Beijing and Manila.

Philippines Seeks Greater Regional Cooperation on South China Sea Disputes

Philippines Seeks Greater Regional Cooperation on South China Sea Disputes

By Sebastian Strangio
President Marcos said that his administration has reached out to Malaysia and Vietnam at a time of growing friction in contested waters.

Dozens of Chinese Ships Chase Philippine Vessels Near Disputed Shoal

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.

Philippines Again Accuses China of Intruding Into Its Portion of the South China Sea

Philippines Again Accuses China of Intruding Into Its Portion of the South China Sea

By Sebastian Strangio
The accusation follows the Chinese military's claim that a Philippine vessel "illegally entered" the area around Scarborough Shoal, which both nations claim.
Philippines to Take Multilateral Approach to South China Sea Tensions

Philippines to Take Multilateral Approach to South China Sea Tensions

By Sebastian Strangio
China's campaign of escalation against the Philippine-held Second Thomas Shoal will only strengthen Manila's ties with supportive outside powers.

US Warns It Will Defend Philippines After South China Sea Collisions

US Warns It Will Defend Philippines After South China Sea Collisions

By Sebastian Strangio
Washington has once again affirmed that it has a treaty obligation to defend the Philippines against any armed attack in the contested waterway.
Chinese, Philippine Vessels Collide Near Contested Shoal

Chinese, Philippine Vessels Collide Near Contested Shoal

By Sebastian Strangio
While minor, the two collisions demonstrate the dangers inherent in Beijing’s campaign of escalation in the South China Sea.

Philippines Again Calls Out China For ‘Unsafe Actions’ in South China Sea

Philippines Again Calls Out China For ‘Unsafe Actions’ in South China Sea

By Sebastian Strangio
The criticisms followed another close call in contested waters, this time in the vicinity of Philippine-occupied Thitu Island.

Philippine Boats Breach Chinese Blockade in Faceoff Near a Disputed Shoal

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.

Philippines Will Toughen South China Sea Stance, Admiral Says

Philippines Will Toughen South China Sea Stance, Admiral Says

By Sebastian Strangio
Vice Adm. Alberto Carlos' comments come two days after the Philippine Coast Guard removed a barrier that Chinese ships had installed at the disputed Scarborough Shoal.
Philippines Says It Removed ‘Floating Barrier’ From Disputed Shoal

Philippines Says It Removed ‘Floating Barrier’ From Disputed Shoal

By Sebastian Strangio
The Philippine Coast Guard described China's installation of the barrier at Scarborough Shoal as "a clear violation of international law.”

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