Vietnam, China, Malaysia have eyes on the prize * Rich in resources and traversed by a quarter of global shipping, the South China Sea is the stage for several territorial disputes that threaten to escalate tensions in the region.At the heart of these disputes are a series of barren islands in two groups - the Spratly Islands, off the coast of the Philippines, and the Paracel Islands, off the coasts of Vietnam and China. * Both chains are essentially uninhabitable, but are claimed by no fewer than seven countries, eager to gain control of the vast oil and gas fields below them, as well as some of the region's best fishing grounds.Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei have made claims to part of the Spratlys based on the internationally recognised Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which extends 200 nautical miles from a country's coastline. * Based on the EEZ, the Philippines has the strongest claim on the Spratlys and their resources, with its EEZ covering much of the area. However the lure of … [Read more...] about Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte has backflipped on his divorce plans with the US military — why?
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NEW DELHI: China is upping the ante in the South China Sea (SCS) region and its ties with Philippine may now run into rough weather. The moves are being made simultaneously with Beijing’s belligerence along LAC and despite ASEAN strong emphasis on UNCLOS in SCS. On Friday the Philippine foreign secretary warned China of “the severest response” if ongoing Chinese military exercises in the disputed South China Sea spill over into Philippine territory. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said China’s People’s Liberation Army has been staging exercises off the Paracel Islands since July 1 and Chinese maritime officials have prohibited all vessels from navigating within the area of the manoeuvres, according to a report in the Associated Press or AP. “After checking the coordinates of the Chinese-declared no-entry zone where the maneuvers were being staged, Locsin said the waters off the Paracels, which are also claimed by Vietnam, “do not … [Read more...] about Manila serves strongest warning to China over SCS claim since 2016
Recently, President Duterte has reaffirmed that the Philippines will always be a friend of China and will never allow anyone to use the soil of the Philippines for activities against China. Secretary Locsin also reiterated his firm support for China's fight against COVID-19. He twitted "the world got a head start because the Chinese scientific community had a robust disease-monitoring network in place to detect emerging flu strains, and had experienced SARS. Common conclusion: we owe China for COVID containment on continental scale". A friend in need is a friend indeed. Those words are touching and well received by the Chinese people. … [Read more...] about China and the Philippines: Working for a shared future