China-Philippine conflict

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By Mario J. Mallari   The Daily Tribune The planned upgrade of an airstrip on Pagasa Island in the contested Spratlys will go ahead despite opposition from China, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) yesterday said. Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Delgado, however, stressed the government is “careful” in proceeding with the repair and upgrade of the airstrip, which has been there since the 1970s, so Read More …

Chinese reclamation project at Mabini Reef.

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas The Philippines was both being diplomatic and showing signs of weakness when it said it would not respond to any provocation from China in its widening rift with the Asian superpower over disputed islands in the South China Sea. Instead of aggressively opposing any illegal action of the Chinese as the Vietnamese are doing, it seems the Aquino Read More …

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By Ducky Paredes  Malaya SENIOR Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says that an examination of early maps made by Chinese cartographers prove that the “historical facts” claimed by China for their newly created nine-dash line is a fiction of their imagination. “All these ancient maps show that since the first Chinese maps appeared, the southernmost territory of China has always been Hainan island, with its ancient Read More …

A photo of Scarborough Shoal in Associate Justice Antonio Carpio's presentation dismissing China's claims in the West Philippine Sea.

By Jojo Malig ABS-CBNNews.com International law trumps China’s claims, Carpio says MANILA – China’s invasion and occupation of Mischief Reef in 1995 and Scarborough Shoal in 2012 are acts of armed aggression against the Philippines that violate the United Nations Charter, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said Friday. Carpio, in a speech before the Philippine Women’s Judges Association at De La Salle University, Read More …

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Making life worth living By Ellen Tordesillas Malaya Justice Antonio T. Carpio demolished China’s historical claims on almost the whole of South China Sea by using China’s ancient maps. In a lecture at De La Salle University “Historical Facts, Historical Lies and Historical Rights in the West Philippine Sea”, Carpio took up China’s invitation to look at the “historical facts” by examining not only Chinese Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Ever since the United States and the Philippines signed the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) last April 28, 2014, a lot of Filipinos have been asking: Will the U.S. defend the Ayungin Reef against Chinese invasion? I wish this could be answered with a simple “yes” or “no,” preferably a “yes.” But given the complex and complicated situation that exists between Read More …

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By Aurea Calica The Philippine Star  MANILA, Philippines – The Chinese have expanded their activities in disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea, possibly including reclaiming land on Gavin Reef and Cuarteron Reef in the Spratly Islands, President Aquino said yesterday. Aquino made the revelation when asked about the status of the ongoing reclamation work by the Chinese on Mabini Reef, Read More …

Design of military base to be built on Mabini Reef (Source: Huanqui.com)

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Recently, China confirmed that construction work is ongoing at the Mabini Reef (Johnson South Reef) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). However, she declined to say what she’s constructing. She told the Philippines that it’s none of her business because the area is “Chinese territory.” It doesn’t matter that Mabini Reef is within the Philippines’ 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone Read More …

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No Limitation By Ted Laguatan Push has now come to shove. Emboldened by the lack of military resistance in occupying Philippine islands and with her fishing and navy boats sailing at will in our waters, China’s military leaders have now initiated a bold land reclamation military base project in Mabini Reef (Fiery Cross Reef). Location: about 150 miles from Palawan and within the Philippines 200 Read More …

By Dario Agnote Kyodo News   Security plan to ensure access to hydrocarbon reserves in disputed sea MANILA – The Philippine military has drawn up a 4-year plan to beef up its security fence in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) to deter China from occupying more features, including those in the energy resource-rich areas in the disputed sea, a senior military official told Read More …