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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.

Philippines Summons Chinese Ambassador Over Water Cannon Incident

Philippines Summons Chinese Ambassador Over Water Cannon Incident

By Sebastian Strangio
This is the second time this year that Huang has been summoned following stand-offs in the vicinity of Second Thomas Shoal.
How Colonial Empires Approached the South China Sea

How Colonial Empires Approached the South China Sea

By Bill Hayton
The South China Sea islands were of little interest to both European imperialists and local empires – until they became viewed as a tool in geostrategic and nationalistic posturing.

Australia to Provide Surveillance Drones to Philippines Amid South China Sea Tensions

Australia to Provide Surveillance Drones to Philippines Amid South China Sea Tensions

By Jim Gomez
Canberra is also considering whether to take part in joint patrols in the disputed South China Sea.

Why the Philippines Is Exposing China’s Aggressive Actions in the South China Sea 

Why the Philippines Is Exposing China’s Aggressive Actions in the South China Sea 

By Jay Tristan Tarriela
The Philippine Coast Guard has a new responsibility: providing public evidence of China’s unlawful maritime activities. What’s behind the shift?

Conflict in a Crowded Sea: Risks of Escalation in the South China Sea

Conflict in a Crowded Sea: Risks of Escalation in the South China Sea

By Alexander C. Tan and Neel Vanvari
The South China Sea is a crowded region with a substantial level of military capabilities already present. The risks of escalation are real.

Philippines Launches Strategy of Publicizing Chinese Actions

Philippines Launches Strategy of Publicizing Chinese Actions

By Jim Gomez
Manila's coast guard has taken extra efforts to document and publicize assertive Chinese behavior in the South China Sea.
Chinese Navy Harasses Boat Carrying Filipino Journalists: Report

Chinese Navy Harasses Boat Carrying Filipino Journalists: Report

By Sebastian Strangio
This incident is perhaps the first in which a Chinese navy vessel has harassed a civilian boat inside another nation's Exclusive Economic Zone.

Philippines Deploys More Patrol Ships Amid Rift With China

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.

Recent Developments Surrounding the South China Sea

Recent Developments Surrounding the South China Sea

By Associated Press
A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons.

China’s Dominance on Display in the South China Sea

China’s Dominance on Display in the South China Sea

By Trinh Le
Beijing’s repeated provocative actions in the South China Sea leaves the region worse off.
China’s Pursuit of Power in Asian Seas

China’s Pursuit of Power in Asian Seas

By Bonnie Girard
U.S. Congressional Research weighs in.

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