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Vietnam on Record Pace for Spratly Island Construction in 2024, Report Says

Vietnam on Record Pace for Spratly Island Construction in 2024, Report Says

By Sebastian Strangio
Over the past six months, the country has reclaimed almost as much new land as it did in the previous two years combined, closing the gap with China's "island fortresses."

Freedom of the Seas Requires US Leadership

Freedom of the Seas Requires US Leadership

By David F. Lasseter
U.S.-led Freedom of Navigation operations have dropped off in the South China Sea, at the same time as China has intensified its coercive actions in the region.
Philippines Vows to Protect Filipino Fishermen Amid Chinese Fishing Ban

Philippines Vows to Protect Filipino Fishermen Amid Chinese Fishing Ban

By Sebastian Strangio
The annual ban comes at a time of growing tension between Beijing and Manila in the South China Sea.

The China Coast Guard and Beijing’s Strategic Ambiguity

The China Coast Guard and Beijing’s Strategic Ambiguity

By TSURUTA Jun
Chinese law is creating ambiguity at sea. Other coastal states need to respond.

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.

What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?
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What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?

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.

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.
It’s Time for Closer Japan-US Cooperation on Climate Security

It’s Time for Closer Japan-US Cooperation on Climate Security

By Khang Pham
For Japan to be a true “global partner” of the U.S., it needs to closely align its approach to climate change threats with that of its most important ally.

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.

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