Coast Guard spots Chinese warship at Scarborough

Rene Acosta A Chinese warship along with other paramilitary vessels have been spotted by the Philippine Coast Guard at Scarborough Shoal, where the Philippine patrol unit was challenged by Chinese Coast Guard personnel. China had been exercising de facto control over the shoal since a standoff with Philippine forces in 2012, but sightings of Chinese […]

South China Sea: Philippines' Duterte sends troops to unoccupied islands

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered troops to occupy uninhabited islands and reefs in the disputed South China Sea. “The unoccupied, which are ours, let’s live on it,” Mr Duterte told reporters during a visit to a military base in Palawan. The move is expected to anger China, which claims several contested shoals, islets and […]

China likely to build on reef near Philippines: minister

Manila expects China to try to build on a reef off the coast of the Philippines, the country’s defence secretary said Tuesday, adding this would be “unacceptable” in the flashpoint waterway. In an interview with AFP, Delfin Lorenzana said he believed China would eventually reclaim Scarborough Shoal, just 230 kilometres (143 miles) from the main […]

If China builds in Scarborough Shoal, it would come ‘after G20 summit’

Beijing might begin reclamation in the disputed atoll – 230km west of Manila – after leaders gather in Hangzhou next month but before the US presidential election, source says. Minnie Chan China will not carry out any reclamation work in the Scarborough Shoal in the disputed South China Sea before hosting the G20 summit next […]