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New Year, Old Moves: China, Philippines, and the South China Sea
January 23, 2023

New Year, Old Moves: China, Philippines, and the South China Sea

By Vincent Kyle Parada
Although both sides have kept it low key, Chinese coast guard activities are continuing in areas claimed by Manila.

Philippine Court Voids 2005 Oil Exploration Agreement with China and Vietnam
January 11, 2023

Philippine Court Voids 2005 Oil Exploration Agreement with China and Vietnam

By Sebastian Strangio
The Supreme Court ruled that the Joint Marine Seismic Undertaking, which expired in 2008, was unconstitutional, casting a shadow over future joint oil development plans.
Will China-ASEAN Relations Take a Turn for the Better Post-Pandemic?
January 06, 2023

Will China-ASEAN Relations Take a Turn for the Better Post-Pandemic?

By Nian Peng
As China reopens its borders, it can finally resume normal exchanges with Southeast Asian countries. But there are several potential pitfalls to watch out for.

Philippines, China Agree on Measures to Manage Maritime Disputes
January 05, 2023

Philippines, China Agree on Measures to Manage Maritime Disputes

By Sebastian Strangio
Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Xi Jinping agreed to restart joint oil and gas exploration and set up a direct channel of communication on South China Sea issues.

Philippines’ Marcos Jr. Heads to China Amid Sea Disputes
January 04, 2023

Philippines’ Marcos Jr. Heads to China Amid Sea Disputes

By Associated Press
Alluding to the two countries' territorial dispute in the South China Sea, Marcos said he looks forward to discussing bilateral and regional political and security issues.

After 12 Years, Indonesia and Vietnam Agree on EEZ Boundaries
December 23, 2022

After 12 Years, Indonesia and Vietnam Agree on EEZ Boundaries

By Sebastian Strangio
The dispute had led to clashes over illegal fishing, and hamstrung the establishment of a united front against China's expansive claims in the South China Sea.

Philippines Commissions New Gunboats, Plans on Acquiring 15 More
November 29, 2022

Philippines Commissions New Gunboats, Plans on Acquiring 15 More

By Sebastian Strangio
The Philippine navy chief said that the country plans to procure 15 more Shaldag Mark V gunboats, in addition to the nine it has already ordered.
Philippines Seeks Explanation From China Over Seizure of Rocket Debris
November 25, 2022

Philippines Seeks Explanation From China Over Seizure of Rocket Debris

By Sebastian Strangio
The incident close to the Philippine-occupied Thitu Island was just the latest between the two nations in the disputed South China Sea.

Kamala Harris Says US Commitment to Philippines ‘Unwavering’
November 22, 2022

Kamala Harris Says US Commitment to Philippines ‘Unwavering’

By Sebastian Strangio
The U.S. vice president's visit to the Philippines has seemingly closed the book on the problems and tensions of the Rodrigo Duterte era.

US Vice President Arrives in Philippines to Affirm Security Ties
November 21, 2022

US Vice President Arrives in Philippines to Affirm Security Ties

By Sebastian Strangio
Kamala Harris is the highest-ranking Biden administration official to visit the country, marking a revival of ties after the tensions of the Duterte years.

Philippine Lawmaker Proposes Bill Prohibiting Foreign Ships’ Incursions
October 27, 2022

Philippine Lawmaker Proposes Bill Prohibiting Foreign Ships’ Incursions

By Sebastian Strangio
The Philippine Archipelagic Sea Lanes Act is seeking to respond to a pattern of repeated Chinese incursions into Manila's EEZ.
Containing China’s Maritime Power: A Question of Capability and Intent
September 28, 2022

Containing China’s Maritime Power: A Question of Capability and Intent

By Paul D. Scott and Mark S. Cogan
China’s foreign policy assertiveness and the posturing of “wolf warrior diplomacy” have generated serious concerns about Beijing's intentions – especially at sea.

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