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Vietnam Protests China’s Imposition of Annual South China Sea Fishing Ban
May 06, 2022

Vietnam Protests China’s Imposition of Annual South China Sea Fishing Ban

By Sebastian Strangio
Hanoi's Foreign Ministry described the May-August moratorium as "a violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty and territorial jurisdiction."

Duterte, Xi Talk South China Sea in Virtual Summit
April 11, 2022

Duterte, Xi Talk South China Sea in Virtual Summit

By Sebastian Strangio
The call forms a neat bookend to Duterte's six years of controversial rapprochement with China.
Rethinking the Philippines’ Deterrence in the South China Sea
March 26, 2022

Rethinking the Philippines’ Deterrence in the South China Sea

By Erick Nielson C Javier
Manila should change the narrative from a focus on “how to defend” against China toward a more active strategy of deterring China.

Philippines’ Marcos to Pursue Bilateral Deal With Beijing Over South China Sea
January 28, 2022

Philippines’ Marcos to Pursue Bilateral Deal With Beijing Over South China Sea

By Sebastian Strangio
The leading candidate's comments suggest that his victory in May could lead to an extension of President Rodrigo Duterte's divisive China policy.

Philippines Confirms Purchase of BrahMos Supersonic Missile System
January 14, 2022

Philippines Confirms Purchase of BrahMos Supersonic Missile System

By Sebastian Strangio
The long-expected acquisition marks the latest evolution of Southeast Asia's naval arms competition.

Indonesia Seeking Southeast Asian Coordination on South China Sea Disputes
December 29, 2021

Indonesia Seeking Southeast Asian Coordination on South China Sea Disputes

By Sebastian Strangio
The head of Indonesia's maritime security agency said that his counterparts from five other Southeast Asian nations have been invited to a meeting on the disputes in February.

China Demanded Halt to Indonesian Drilling Near Natuna Islands: Report
December 02, 2021

China Demanded Halt to Indonesian Drilling Near Natuna Islands: Report

By Sebastian Strangio
Chinese diplomats claimed that the rig was drilling for oil and gas in "Chinese territory."
Pacific Nations Have an Interest in Challenging China’s Expansive Maritime Claims
October 18, 2021

Pacific Nations Have an Interest in Challenging China’s Expansive Maritime Claims

By Phuong Vu
Small island nations have a strong reason to prevent the de facto acceptance of Beijing's interpretations of international law.

The Philippines’ ‘Angels of the Sea’: Calculated Strategy or Gendered Ploy?
September 28, 2021

The Philippines’ ‘Angels of the Sea’: Calculated Strategy or Gendered Ploy?

By Nafisa Halim
The creation of an all-female unit of radio operators looks good for the Philippine Coast Guard, but does little to address the security challenges in the South China Sea.

Protecting Indonesia’s Sovereignty in the North Natuna Sea
September 23, 2021

Protecting Indonesia’s Sovereignty in the North Natuna Sea

By Beni Sukadis
The recent entry of Chinese vessels into Indonesia's EEZ highlights the need for Jakarta to get serious about protecting its sovereignty.

China’s Rise, South China Sea, and Rules-Based International Order: A View From the Philippines
August 04, 2021

China’s Rise, South China Sea, and Rules-Based International Order: A View From the Philippines

By Jongsoo Lee
Jay L. Batongbacal, a professor at the University of the Philippines College of Law, on the South China Sea disputes and international law.
Japan, Philippines to Hold First Ever Joint Air Exercises
July 02, 2021

Japan, Philippines to Hold First Ever Joint Air Exercises

By Sebastian Strangio
The two nations share overlapping concerns about China’s growing maritime capability and assertiveness.

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