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Philippine Commander Denies ‘Deal’ Over South China Sea Shoal

Philippine Commander Denies ‘Deal’ Over South China Sea Shoal

By Sebastian Strangio
A Senate Committee is investigating the Chinese Embassy’s alleged recording of a phone call between Carlos and a Chinese military attaché in January.

Philippines to Take Steps to Prevent Chinese Reclamation in South China Sea

Philippines to Take Steps to Prevent Chinese Reclamation in South China Sea

By Sebastian Strangio
Over the weekend, Manila accused Beijing of attempting to create an "artificial island" at Sabina Shoal, an unoccupied reef 75 nautical miles from Palawan island.
Philippines to Probe Recording of Alleged South China Sea Agreement

Philippines to Probe Recording of Alleged South China Sea Agreement

By Sebastian Strangio
The recording, released this week by the Chinese embassy in Manila, purports to lay out a "new model" for managing tensions at Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratly Islands.

Philippines Won’t Use Water Cannons in Maritime Standoff With China, Marcos Says

Philippines Won’t Use Water Cannons in Maritime Standoff With China, Marcos Says

By Sebastian Strangio
The past year has seen a string of confrontations between Philippine and Chinese vessels in contested parts of the South China Sea.

China Coast Guard Again Fires Water Cannons at Philippine Vessels Near Disputed Shoal

China Coast Guard Again Fires Water Cannons at Philippine Vessels Near Disputed Shoal

By Sebastian Strangio
The incident near Chinese-occupied Scarborough Shoal caused damage to two vessels, the Philippine government said.

Comparing Gray-Zone Tactics in the Red Sea and the South China Sea

Comparing Gray-Zone Tactics in the Red Sea and the South China Sea

By Thomas Lim and Eric Ang
The Houthis’ activities in the Red Sea and the Chinese actions around Second Thomas Shoal have notable similarities in tactical conduct and adversarial responses.

Philippine President Denies Secret Agreement On South China Sea

Philippine President Denies Secret Agreement On South China Sea

By Sebastian Strangio
Ferdinand Marcos Jr. says that he is "horrified" by the prospect that his predecessor brokered a "gentleman's agreement" with Beijing over the maritime disputes.
Biden to Warn China on South China Sea, Report Claims

Biden to Warn China on South China Sea, Report Claims

By Sebastian Strangio
The U.S. president is set to deliver the warning at this week's trilateral summit with the leaders of Japan and the Philippines.

Ex-Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘Gentleman’s Agreement’ with China Under Scrutiny

Ex-Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘Gentleman’s Agreement’ with China Under Scrutiny

By Mong Palatino
Did the former president broker an informal deal with the Chinese government over the South China Sea?

Steadying the Waters: Navigating the Tensions at Second Thomas Shoal

Steadying the Waters: Navigating the Tensions at Second Thomas Shoal

By Sophie Wushuang Yi
The current stand-off over the Philippine-occupied shoal is a microcosm of the broader security dilemma in the South China Sea.

China Coast Guard Again Damages Philippine Boat Near Disputed Shoal

China Coast Guard Again Damages Philippine Boat Near Disputed Shoal

By Sebastian Strangio
The incident took place during the regular resupply of the Philippine outpost on Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratly Islands.
Does Vietnam-Philippines Maritime Cooperation Offer a Template for the Region?

Does Vietnam-Philippines Maritime Cooperation Offer a Template for the Region?

By Benjamin Blandin
While differences remain, the two nations are experiencing an increasing strategic convergence on the South China Sea.

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