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The US Navy’s Shifting View of China’s Coast Guard and ‘Maritime Militia’
April 30, 2019

The US Navy’s Shifting View of China’s Coast Guard and ‘Maritime Militia’

By Ankit Panda
The U.S. has told China that it’ll treat its coast guard and “maritime militia” as naval vessels, in effect.

With New South China Sea Tensions With Philippines, China Overplays Its Hand
April 15, 2019

With New South China Sea Tensions With Philippines, China Overplays Its Hand

By Ankit Panda
China’s attempts to test the U.S.-Philippine alliance may strengthen the alliance at a critical time.
Philippines Slams China's South China Sea Flotilla
April 08, 2019

Philippines Slams China's South China Sea Flotilla

By Jim Gomez
Manila protested against the presence of hundreds of Chinese vessels near Philippine-controlled islets.

Allied Assurances and Credibility: The United States, the Philippines, and the South China Sea
March 15, 2019

Allied Assurances and Credibility: The United States, the Philippines, and the South China Sea

By Ankit Panda and Prashanth Parameswaran
Does an unambiguous U.S. assurance to the Philippines in the South China Sea give second wind to an alliance in trouble?

South China Sea: Philippines Plans Spratly Upgrades
October 01, 2017

South China Sea: Philippines Plans Spratly Upgrades

By Ankit Panda
The Philippines Armed Forces will upgrade the airstrip on Thitu Island, among other improvement.

South China Sea: A Chinese 'Invasion' Near the Philippines' Pag-asa Island in the Spratlys?
August 22, 2017

South China Sea: A Chinese 'Invasion' Near the Philippines' Pag-asa Island in the Spratlys?

By Ankit Panda
Recent events near Pag-asa Island raise distressing questions.

Philippine 'Freedom Voyage' Lands on Disputed Island in South China Sea
December 29, 2015

Philippine 'Freedom Voyage' Lands on Disputed Island in South China Sea

By Shannon Tiezzi
Defying China and the Philippine government, an activist group lands 47 people on Thitu Island.
Setting the Record Straight on US Freedom of Navigation Operations in the South China Sea
November 11, 2015

Setting the Record Straight on US Freedom of Navigation Operations in the South China Sea

By Ankit Panda
Details on the late October FON operation have been slim, but they matter immensely.

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