South China Sea code of conduct talks to be “stabiliser” for region-China premier

By James Pomfret and Neil Jerome Morales MANILA, Nov 14 : China’s agreement to begin talks with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on the fine print of a code of conduct framework for the disputed South China Sea will help to stabilise the region, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said. “China’s greatest hope is […]

Philippines calls for ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ between ASEAN, China on sea code

By Martin Petty and Manuel Mogato MANILA, May 19 : Southeast Asian nations and China should start with a “gentleman’s agreement” on the busy South China Sea waterway because no mechanism exists to legally enforce any deal, the Philippine foreign minister said today. The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China yesterday finished […]

No change to US Navy freedom of navigation patrols – commander

By Himani Sarkar SINGAPORE, May 8 : There has been no policy change with regard to US Navy freedom of navigation operations under the administration of President Donald Trump, US Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift said today. Under the previous administration, the US navy conducted such voyages through the South China Sea – most […]

Philippines’ Duterte says “may” visit disputed S China Sea island

By Manuel Mogato MANILA, Apr 6 : Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who on the campaign trail joked that would jet ski to a Chinese man-made island in the South China Sea to reinforce Manila’s claim, said today he may visit a Philippine-controlled island to raise the national flag. Duterte’s plan is unlikely to sit well […]

China installs weapons systems on artificial islands – US think tank

By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON, Dec 14 : China appears to have installed weapons, including anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems, on all seven of the artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea, a US think tank reported today, citing new satellite imagery. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) said its findings come despite statements […]

New Philippine ambassador says China is complying with arbitration ruling

By Manuel Mogato MANILA, Nov 8 : By letting Philippine fishermen return to the disputed Scarborough Shoal, China is complying with an international arbitral ruling, just without acknowledging it, Manila’s incoming ambassador to Beijing said today. Jose Santiago Santa Romana, an academic and political appointee of President Rodrigo Duterte, said Beijing’s end to its blockade […]