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Philippines to Probe Claims of Chinese Cyanide Use at Scarborough Shoal

Philippines to Probe Claims of Chinese Cyanide Use at Scarborough Shoal

By Sebastian Strangio
Allegations that Chinese vessels have used the toxic chemical in their fishing operations add to the climate of tension in the South China Sea.

Why Vietnam Cannot Copy the Philippines’ China Policy

Why Vietnam Cannot Copy the Philippines’ China Policy

By Khang Vu
The country's awkward geographic position with China militates against it adopting a strong pro-U.S. orientation.
Situating the Battle of the Paracel Islands in Modern Vietnam-China Relations

Situating the Battle of the Paracel Islands in Modern Vietnam-China Relations

By Khang Vu
Good relations with China have necessitated the downplaying of past conflicts by both countries.

Philippines Again Condemns ‘Provocative’ Chinese Actions in South China Sea

Philippines Again Condemns ‘Provocative’ Chinese Actions in South China Sea

By Sebastian Strangio
The condemnation came after the Philippine Coast Guard reported another incident in the vicinity of Scarborough Shoal on January 12.

Philippines to Upgrade South China Sea Outposts, Military Chief Says

Philippines to Upgrade South China Sea Outposts, Military Chief Says

By Sebastian Strangio
Desalination machines and communications upgrades are slated for the nine features that Manila occupies in the contested waterway.

Indonesian President Discusses Maritime Tensions, Economy on Vietnam Trip

Indonesian President Discusses Maritime Tensions, Economy on Vietnam Trip

By Sebastian Strangio
President Joko Widodo's state visit came in the middle of a Southeast Asian tour that also involved stops in the Philippines and Brunei.

US, Philippines, China Begin Simultaneous South China Sea Patrols

US, Philippines, China Begin Simultaneous South China Sea Patrols

By Sebastian Strangio
The dueling patrols, which were scheduled to take place on January 3-4, encapsulate the intensifying frictions in the waterway.
ASEAN Foreign Ministers Speak Out About South China Sea Tensions

ASEAN Foreign Ministers Speak Out About South China Sea Tensions

By Sebastian Strangio
The diplomats' statement came after a year of growing Chinese aggression in contested parts of the vital waterway.

Gregory Poling on Escalating Tension in the South China Sea

Gregory Poling on Escalating Tension in the South China Sea

By Shannon Tiezzi
“China has been harassing Philippine resupply missions for more than a decade and has been steadily increasing the intensity of their coercive tactics for at least the last five years.”

Out of the Blue: Rising to the Challenges of Australia’s Maritime Security 

Out of the Blue: Rising to the Challenges of Australia’s Maritime Security 

By Tom Bamforth, Tom Barber, and Grant Wyeth
Australia has an opportunity to play a more proactive role in coordinating a regional framework to address security concerns across numerous domains.

Philippines Expecting Further Chinese Escalation in South China Sea, Official Says

Philippines Expecting Further Chinese Escalation in South China Sea, Official Says

By Sebastian Strangio
After a tumultuous 2023, the Philippines is set for another year of confrontation in contested waters.
Philippine President Vows to Defend Territory After Latest Maritime Clash

Philippine President Vows to Defend Territory After Latest Maritime Clash

By Sebastian Strangio
In two separate incidents over the weekend, Chinese vessels collided with and used water cannons against Philippine ships in contested parts of the South China Sea.

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