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PerryScope By Perry Diaz  Right after the Philippine Congress proclaimed Rodrigo Duterte president of the Philippines, Chinese President Xi Jinping didn’t waste any time writing a congratulatory message to him. Elated by Xi’s gesture, Duterte said, “I was honored, receiving a congratulatory message from a great president.” Several days later, Duterte — who was seemingly buoyed by Xi’s expression of goodwill — remarked that he 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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By Ann Marie Murphy Asia Times In a significant policy shift, Indonesian officials on March 12 announced that China’s nine-dash line map outlining its claims in the South China Sea overlaps with Indonesia’s Riau province, which includes the Natuna Island chain. For over two decades, Indonesia has positioned itself as an independent mediator in the South China Sea disputes between its partners in the Association Read More …

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GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc The Philippine Star  More and more Chinese scholars are questioning Beijing’s claim to the entire South China Sea. Through monographs, university forums, and Chinese-language blogs they warn of China’s loss of repute should the territorial assertion prove baseless. At the very least academics are asking for formal review of the claim’s legality and historicity. China’s controlled press hardly reports such dissent Read More …

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By Camille Diola The Philippine Star  MANILA, Philippines – As part of the Obama administration’s rebalancing strategy, the United States will position its top armed forces capabilities in the Asia Pacific, a ranking military official said. US Pacific Command chief Admiral Samuel Locklear said that American forces are working to have a “huge impact” in the region’s security. “We’re also gonna ensure that the forces Read More …

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By Trefor Moss The Wall Street Journal MANILA—The Philippines cried foul this week when China announced plans to begin regular patrols of the South China Sea, known here as the West Philippines Sea. The two countries have been engaged in a tense dispute over the region since 2012, when Chinese ships took control of Scarborough Shoal, which is just one of the areas Beijing and Read More …

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By REY O. ARCILLA  Malaya (We should take a page from the way India dealt with the outrageous and humiliating treatment inflicted by the US Government on one of her consular officials recently.) Tit for tat is how we should deal with countries, big or small, that treat us like we are pushovers. It may strain relations for a while but it will definitely win Read More …

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Source: BusinessWorld THE INTERNATIONAL arbitration case filed by the Philippines against China could be an “acid test” to an international treaty on maritime boundaries, a Supreme Court justice said yesterday. Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio said China’s nine-dash claim cannot coexist with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). “Upholding one means killing the other,” Mr. Carpio said in a Read More …

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By Rodel Rodis and Rep. Walden Bello  July 24, 2012 is a dark day in Philippine history, ironically similar in infamy to February 18, 1932 when Japan established the prefecture of Manchukuo to govern the region of Manchuria which it had invaded and detached from China. This July 24 marks the first anniversary of China’s creation of the Sansha prefecture to “oversee and administer” one Read More …

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POSTSCRIPT By Federico D. Pascual Jr. The Philippine Star  HELPLESS: Many of us who are horrified by China’s grabbing our isles, reefs and fishing grounds one after another impatiently wait for a forceful response from the Aquino administration. Are we helpless in the face of this systematic violation of our territorial integrity? Judging from the limp reaction of our Commander-in-Chief, we are not only helpless Read More …