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Chinese oil rigs in the South China Sea.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Last May 15, President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte met with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the “One Belt, One Road” summit in Beijing. Duterte told Xi, “We intend to drill oil there, if it’s yours, well, that’s your view, but my view is I can drill the oil, if there is some inside the bowels of the earth, because it is ours.” Read More …

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua and former President Fidel V. Ramos

PerryScope By Perry Diaz President Rodrigo Duterte sent his special envoy former President Fidel V. Ramos to China to “break the ice” in the country’s freezing relationship with China. Well, Ramos didn’t promise anything but he said he was going on a “fishing expedition” and to play golf. But if there was any semblance of success, Ramos made some “progress,” telling reporters: “It’s not really Read More …

Rear Admiral Caesar Taccad during change of command ceremony.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Last August 10, 2015, the new Philippine Navy Commander took his oath before President Benigno Aquino III. Aquino’s marching orders clearly outlined what he expected the new commander, Rear Admiral Caesar Taccad, to accomplish during his tenure. Taccad’s marching orders were to balance the navy’s resources and capabilities to secure the country’s territorial waters while the government is trying to rearm Read More …

Chinese fortifications on Panganiban (Mischief) Reef.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz For the past two years, China has embarked on an aggressive encroachment of the East China and South China Seas and the islands and reefs in those waters. And her neighbors aren’t happy about China’s bullying and salami-slicing techniques. But the most disadvantaged among China’s neighbors is the Philippines, which is the weakest militarily among the Asian countries. The country is Read More …

Hainan claims to administer all the waters enclosed by the dashes from 1 to the heavy red line intersecting the dashes between 8 and 9. The enclosed waters comprise two million square kilometers. China claims a total of three million square kilometers of maritime space, and all the resources found there, out of the 3.5 million square kilometers of maritime space in the South China Sea.

Making life worth living By Ellen Tordesillas Malaya China’s 9-dashed line map, which was recently expanded to 10 dashes, goes against the “concept of global commons” which was the foundation of the 1982 United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said in a speech delivered on the 75th Anniversary of the College of Law of the University of Read More …

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Source: The Daily Tribune In its latest move emphasizing its claims of sovereignty over the South China Sea, Beijing has released a new official map of its territory which increases the number of disputed marked as officially part of China, including the islands claimed by the Philippines and other neighboring states. China’s assertions of ownership in the disputed waters have put it at odds with Read More …

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By Erick San Juan Recalling the words of the late Senator Claro M.Recto that “in the future, Philippines could be a province of China.” In the ’90’s, We were told by an American lecturer at the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC that the future war in South China Sea could spark between China and Vietnam and the Philippine involvement is inevitable. When my father was 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 …

Sultan of Brunei Bolkiah is welcomed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing. Photo from Brunei Times.

By Tessa Jamandre VERA Files Four members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) with claims in the South China Sea failed to take a united stand on China’s growing aggressiveness after Brunei opted out of a recently held meeting in Manila. Brunei was a no-show in the 1st ASEAN Claimants Working Group Meeting held at Pan Pacific Hotel in Manila Feb. 18, and Read More …