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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 Calls for International Probe Into Environmental Damage at Disputed Shoal

Philippines Calls for International Probe Into Environmental Damage at Disputed Shoal

By Sebastian Strangio
The Philippine Coast Guard claims that Chinese fishermen hunting giant clams have caused significant damage to the reefs at Scarborough Shoal.
China Coast Guard Shadows Filipino Activists Sailing Toward Disputed Shoal

China Coast Guard Shadows Filipino Activists Sailing Toward Disputed Shoal

By Jim Gomez
About 100 Filipinos are sailing to Scarborough Shoal to assert the Philippines' sovereignty, while being trailed by at least two Chinese ships.

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.

Anwar Ibrahim Has a China Problem at Luconia Shoals

Anwar Ibrahim Has a China Problem at Luconia Shoals

By Ganesh Sahathevan
The repeated Chinese incursions in the country’s exclusive economic zone are a problem for Malaysia – and for the region as a whole.

Philippines Again Accuses China of Inflaming Maritime Tensions

Philippines Again Accuses China of Inflaming Maritime Tensions

By Sebastian Strangio
Earlier this week, two Philippine vessels were damaged in the latest confrontation with China Coast Guard patrol boats in 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.
Philippines Denies Chinese Claim About South China Sea ‘Agreement’

Philippines Denies Chinese Claim About South China Sea ‘Agreement’

By Sebastian Strangio
Earlier this month, a Chinese embassy spokesperson said that the two nations had reached a "common understanding" on the dispute.

France, Philippines to Begin Negotiating Reciprocal Access Agreement

France, Philippines to Begin Negotiating Reciprocal Access Agreement

By Sebastian Strangio
The two sides say that the pact, first announced late last year, will create a foundation for enhanced defense cooperation.

US, Philippines to Kick Off ‘Expansive’ Balikatan Exercise

US, Philippines to Kick Off ‘Expansive’ Balikatan Exercise

By Sebastian Strangio
This year's exercise, the 39th iteration since 1991, will be the first to take place outside the Philippines territorial waters.

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.
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.

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