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A Legal Analysis of the Philippine-China Arbitration Ruling
November 02, 2015

A Legal Analysis of the Philippine-China Arbitration Ruling

By James Kraska
The ruling offers a glimpse into what to expect in the decision on the merits.

Interview: A Philippine Perspective from the Middle of the South China Sea
September 29, 2015

Interview: A Philippine Perspective from the Middle of the South China Sea

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The Diplomat talks with Mayor Eugenio Bito-onon about governing an area in the middle of the South China Sea disputes.
Philippines Tries to Keep South China Sea Outpost Afloat
July 16, 2015

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.

Philippines Military to Offer Cruise Service in South China Sea
August 17, 2014

Philippines Military to Offer Cruise Service in South China Sea

By Zachary Keck
The Philippines military wants to create a cruise service to take tourists around disputed parts of the South China Sea.

ASEAN Leaders Summit to Take Place Amid South China Sea Concerns
May 09, 2014

ASEAN Leaders Summit to Take Place Amid South China Sea Concerns

By Ankit Panda
ASEAN leaders will meet this weekend and China will be at the top of the agenda.

US, Philippines Begin Annual 'Balikatan' Military Exercise
May 06, 2014

US, Philippines Begin Annual 'Balikatan' Military Exercise

By Ankit Panda
The annual exercise will involve 5,500 troops and focus primarily on disaster relief.

Second Thomas Shoal: The New Battleground
April 30, 2014

Second Thomas Shoal: The New Battleground

By Darshana M. Baruah
The Second Thomas Shoal is the new flashpoint in the South China Sea. Solving it is vital for the region and the world.
The Philippines' UNCLOS Claim and the PR Battle Against China
April 01, 2014

The Philippines' UNCLOS Claim and the PR Battle Against China

By Shannon Tiezzi
Manila submitting its disputes with China to UNCLOS arbitration is part of a larger battle for international opinion.

China’s National Priorities in Hunt for MH370
March 21, 2014

China’s National Priorities in Hunt for MH370

By Bill Hayton
A standoff with the Philippines appeared more important for China’s Coast Guard than a search for survivors.

US-Philippines Reach Deal on US Military Access
March 14, 2014

US-Philippines Reach Deal on US Military Access

By Zachary Keck
Manila will welcome the U.S. military back to the country after ejecting it in 1992.

The X Factors: How Third Parties Destabilize US-China Relations
March 13, 2014

The X Factors: How Third Parties Destabilize US-China Relations

By Shannon Tiezzi
Third party actors such as the Philippines, Japan, and North Korea have the biggest potential to upset US-China ties.
Second Thomas Shoal Tensions Intensify
March 13, 2014

Second Thomas Shoal Tensions Intensify

By Zachary Keck
The Philippines, China, and the U.S. are upping a war of words over Beijing’s blocking of Filipino civilian vessels.

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