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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.
South China Sea Flashpoints: The Second Thomas Shoal Crisis

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?

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.

The China-Philippine Collisions in the South China Sea: What Now?

The China-Philippine Collisions in the South China Sea: What Now?

By Shannon Tiezzi
In this exclusive interview, Commodore Jay Tarriela, spokesperson for the West Philippine Sea at the Philippine Coast Guard, discusses the current situation near Second Thomas Shoal.

Holding the Line Against China’s Maritime Bullying: The Philippines Sets a New Standard

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.
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 to Cease Sending Cadets to China Over South China Sea Frictions

Philippines to Cease Sending Cadets to China Over South China Sea Frictions

By Sebastian Strangio
The move follows an incident last month in which a Chinese vessel forcibly prevented the resupply of Filipino forces on the disputed Second Thomas Shoal.

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