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Lorenzana denies Chinese vessels hampered Pag-asa Island construction

Mar 10, 2020 - 9:24 PM

'Although there are always Chinese ships in the vicinity of Pag-asa, they have never in any way interfered with the rehabilitation of the island,' says the defense chief

PAG-ASA ISLAND. This satellite image from June 2019 shows construction work on Pag-asa Island, the Philippines' main outpost in the West Philippine Sea. Photo from AMTI-CSIS

LOOK: Despite swarm of Chinese boats, PH building up Pag-asa Island

Mar 07, 2020 - 3:31 PM

Satellite photos from a US-based think tank show progress in runway repairs and beaching ramp construction even as Chinese militia vessels surround the Philippines’ main outpost in the West Philippine Sea

PROGRESS. THIS photo from the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (AMTI-CSIS) shows the progress of repairs and construction on Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Photo from AMTI-CSIS

U.S. calls on China not to interfere in Taiwan election

Dec 13, 2019 - 7:23 AM

The top US diplomat for Asia says that tensions between Beijing and Taipei have historically risen whenever Taiwan goes to the polls

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (2nd L) and former premier William Lai (R) display a certificate after registering as presidential and vice presidential candidates for the upcoming election at the Central Elections Committee in Taipei on November 19, 2019. - Taiwan will elect a new president and parliament on January 11. (Photo by Sam Yeh / AFP)

Intentional? Chinese ship in Recto Bank incident 'explicitly connected' to Beijing

Oct 17, 2019 - 11:29 AM

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says its new findings strongly suggest that the Chinese ship does not operate solely as a commercial fishing ship and 'raises the question of whether the collision with the Gem-Ver was intentional'

SUNKEN. Fishing Boat Gem-Vir in the West Philippine Sea after it was attacked by a Chinese fishing vessel. Sourced photo

Malaysia, Vietnam show PH can stand up to China

Jul 23, 2019 - 5:41 PM

'When claimants stand up for themselves and refuse to be intimidated, Beijing most often backs down rather than uses force,' says Gregory Poling of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. A Philippine Coast Guard ship (R) sails past a Chinese Coast Guard ship during a joint search and rescue exercise between Philippine and US coast guards near Scarborough Shoal. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Taiwan president says U.S. trade deal would boost security

Apr 10, 2019 - 11:48 AM

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen says the US and Taiwanese economies are 'complementary' and that a trade pact could provide a model for the Indo-Pacific region

STOPOVER. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a conference between Taiwan and China relations organized by Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) in Taipei on October 26, 2017. Photo by Sam YEH/AFP

North Korea rocket site appears 'operational' again – U.S. experts

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:41 PM

'Given that construction, plus activity at other areas of the site, Sohae (Satellite Launching Station) appears to have returned to normal operational status,' says specialized website 38 North

SOHAE. This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 19, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (R) inspecting the ground jet test of a newly developed high-thrust engine at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground in North Korea. AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS

2018: Year of China military deployments in South China Sea – U.S. think tank

Dec 26, 2018 - 9:00 AM

In 2018, China entered a new 'phase' in its militarization of the South China Sea, including the Spratlys in the West Philippine Sea, says AMTI director Gregory Poling

[OPINION] In defense of democracy

Oct 18, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says in a speech in Washington DC: 'Now, more than ever, we need leaders who will step down from their pedestal and walk with the last, the least, and the lost'

CHANGE OF COMMAND. Vice President Leni Robredo, flanked by former president Fidel Ramos (to her right) and President Rodrigo Duterte, at the Armed Forces of Philippines change of command ceremony on April 18, 2018. Photo courtesy of the OVP

Global cybercrime costs $600 billion annually – study

Feb 21, 2018 - 9:54 PM

A report produced by the security firm McAfee with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) finds theft of intellectual property represents about one-fourth of the cost of cybercrime in 2017

Duterte admin 'naive' on West Philippine Sea – expert

Feb 08, 2018 - 7:00 PM

'If a bully keeps punching you over and over and over, it is naive to think he's all of a sudden going to stop and behave nicely,' Gregory Poling of CSIS tells Rappler

US-BASED EXPERT. Gregory Poling, director of the Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, describes the Duterte administration's West Philippine Sea policy as 'well-intentioned but naive.' File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Rappler Talk: CSIS' Gregory Poling on West Philippine Sea

Feb 03, 2018 - 3:52 PM

US-based analyst Gregory Poling explains why he views the Duterte administration's West Philippine Sea policy as 'well-intentioned but naive'

Cayetano conceals facts about China ships near Sandy Cay

Aug 22, 2017 - 12:55 PM

While keeping the facts secret Secretary Cayetano hits Justice Carpio for using the wrong facts about Sandy Cay near Pag asa Island in the disputed West Philippine Sea

CONCEALING FACTS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano refuses to disclose the facts about the Chinese ships reportedly guarding Sandy Cay near Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Screen grab from Rappler video

Carpio to Duterte, Cayetano: Protest China 'invasion'

Aug 19, 2017 - 4:00 PM

By any yardstick this is a seizure of Philippine territory Justice Carpio says as Chinese ships guard a sandbar near Pag asa Island

Photos show China ships fishing near Pag-asa Island

Aug 18, 2017 - 12:55 PM

CSIS images also show more Chinese ships in the West Philippine Sea even as Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano justifies the presence of Chinese vessels there

'ACTIVELY FISHING.' This photo shows one of two Chinese ships that 'appear to be actively fishing, with their nets visibly in the water,' says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI and DigitalGlobe

DFA defends Cayetano claim on China reclamation

Aug 11, 2017 - 3:49 PM

The DFA says the Philippines position on the South China Sea dispute is always based on the latest intelligence we have on the ground

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaks at the closing ceremony of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting and Related Meetings at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. Photo courtesy of ASEAN Media Pool

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Photos prove Cayetano, Wang wrong on China reclamation

Aug 10, 2017 - 9:50 AM

CSIS releases photos that show China didn t stop its reclamation activities in 2015 as claimed by Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI and DigitalGlobe

Beijing's South China Sea outposts nearly set for missile deployment – report

Jun 30, 2017 - 8:15 AM

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says Beijing s Fiery Cross Reef base in the Spratly Islands now has 12 hardened shelters 4 more than seen in February with retractable roofs that can house missile launchers

FIERY CROSS/KAGITINGAN REEF. In 1998, China built a weather station that is seen in a photo from January 2006. After a decade, the marine observation station became a military fortress. File photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/Digital Globe

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Nov 02, 2016 - 7:52 PM

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Photos show China blocking access to Panatag Shoal

Nov 02, 2016 - 1:43 PM

UPDATED One of the photos is taken on October 29 a week after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte made a 4 day state visit to China

CHINA IN PANATAG. China is still blocking Filipino fishermen's access to Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal), new photos suggest. This image shows Panatag Shoal on October 29, 2016. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI and DigitalGlobe

Yasay: No bilateral talks yet with China over West PH Sea

Sep 16, 2016 - 10:36 AM

Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr tells a forum in Washington DC that the Philippines and China have different standpoints on the context of such bilateral discussions

ABOUT CHINA AND THE PHILIPPINES. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay, Jr discusses bilateral talks with China at a forum on September 15, 2016. Screen shot from YouTube.

Hangars prove China plan to 'militarize' islands

Aug 14, 2016 - 7:15 AM

China wants to establish effective control over the sea and airspace in the South China Sea analyst Gregory Poling tells Rappler

FIERY CROSS REEF. Construction of fighter-jet hangars appears complete at the southern end of the runway and is well-advanced along the middle of the airstrip,€™ the AMTI says of this satellite image dated June 3. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI and DigitalGlobe

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Aug 10, 2016 - 1:04 PM

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Photos show China building hangars in West PH Sea

Aug 10, 2016 - 8:06 AM

The hangars give China the option to base or rotate military aircraft on the islands an analyst tells Rappler

Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI and DigitalGlobe

PH vs China: Which countries support Beijing?

Jul 09, 2016 - 7:16 PM

UPDATED Most of China’s 10 public supporters come from Africa a continent to which China has pledged billions of dollars in aid

GLOBAL ISSUE. The disputed South China Sea (C), parts of which the Philippines claims as the West Philippine Sea, is seen on a globe for sale at a bookstore in Beijing on June 15, 2016. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

PH urged to build 'int'l consensus' amid China defiance

Jun 06, 2016 - 5:40 PM

China should understand that not acknowledging the rule of law is against its own national security and national economic interests an analyst says

PROTEST VS CHINA. Filipino students on March 3, 2016, stage a protest in Manila, Philippines, against China's aggression in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

Philippines: Does China think it's above the law?

Feb 29, 2016 - 2:26 PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says China actually abides by international law when we reject the Philippines request for arbitration

TOP DIPLOMAT. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during a joint news conference with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (not in photo) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, China, on February 17, 2016. Photo by Wu Hong/Pool/EPA

China to secure 'de facto' control of South China Sea

Feb 26, 2016 - 8:03 AM

US Admiral Harry Harris says that by building air bases and hardened bunkers on tiny islands China has shown it is determined to achieve military supremacy in the region

MISCHIEF REEF. An aerial photo taken though a glass window inside a military plane of the alleged on-going reclamation by China into Mischief reef in the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, May 11, 2015. File Photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

Beijing builds radar in South China Sea – think tank

Feb 23, 2016 - 1:50 PM

UPDATED New radar facilities being developed in the Spratlys could significantly change the operational landscape

A satellite photograph showing China’s artificial island on Cuarteron Reef, as of January 24, 2016. Image courtesy CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

PH must 'bite bullet' on charter change for TPP

Dec 11, 2015 - 1:47 PM

A Washington based think tank says Aquino or his successor must commit to changing economic provisions of the charter for the Philippines to complete TPP talks

TPP INTEREST. President Aquino told US President Barack Obama that the Philippines wants to join the TPP. But is he ready to join economic provisions of the Constitution to be part of the trade deal? File photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Ex-US commander says PH 'leader on rule of law'

Dec 10, 2015 - 6:30 PM

America s former naval commander in the Pacific says Going to the international tribunal to challenge China on the 9 dash line was a very brave step by the Filipino government

INTERNATIONAL LAW. Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario (center) argues the Philippine case against China at the arbitral tribunal in The Hague. File photo courtesy of the Permanent Court of Arbitration

EDCA equips PH as China builds islands – ex-US admiral

Dec 10, 2015 - 1:06 PM

Former US Pacific Commander Samuel Locklear says the US will start improving infrastructure in Philippine bases if the Philippine Supreme Court upholds EDCA

MORE TRAINING. Philippine Marines simulate a beach landing exercise as part of their annual joint naval exercises with the US in October 2015. The EDCA aims to conduct more military training with Philippine forces. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

PH: ‘Disconcerting that nobody is stopping China’

Oct 07, 2015 - 12:30 PM

When asked if the Philippines can challenge China militarily the Philippines’ top diplomat says ‘Maybe in a boxing match with Manny Pacquiao ’

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario delivers an opening statement during a hearing in July on the Philippines' case against China. File photo courtesy of the Permanent Court of Arbitration

'Invest in PH now' - Gov't, business make pitch to US investors

Jun 29, 2015 - 12:27 AM

The conference is part of a high level 3 city trade mission aimed at encouraging US investment in the country

Vietnam defends building in South China Sea

May 14, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Vietnam has indisputable sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly archipelagos the Vietnamese ambassador tells Rappler

VIETNAM CONSTRUCTION. This satellite image shows Vietnam's reported construction activities on Sand Cay, one of the features of the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea. Photo courtesy of SIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

Obama: China's neighbors must not be 'elbowed aside'

Apr 10, 2015 - 9:55 AM

Obama: Just because the Philippines or Vietnam are not as large as China doesn t mean that they can just be elbowed aside

7 AREAS. Armed Forces chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr presents photos of China's reclamation projects in West Philippine Sea

‘President Hillary’ to follow through on Asia pivot – analyst

Dec 14, 2014 - 10:17 AM

Analysts say if Hillary Clinton becomes US president she will pursue the US pivot to Asia a policy whose execution weakened in President Barack Obama s second term

DEEPER ENGAGEMENT. Analysts say if Hillary Clinton succeeds Obama, she will push for deeper engagement with the Asia-Pacific. File photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images North America/AFP

Survey Spratlys before it's too late, Philippines urged

Sep 22, 2014 - 8:41 PM

China s artificial islands in the South China Sea can make it impossible to settle the Philippines historic case against the Asian giant a US based analyst says

'JEOPARDIZING CASE.' The Philippines fears China is turning Mabini Reef into an island. This image dated Feb 25, 2014 shows ongoing reclamation activities. Photo courtesy of DFA

Philippines sees ruling on China case by 2016

Jul 19, 2014 - 9:30 AM

Despite China s refusal to join the case members of the arbitral tribunal will familiarize themselves with China s claims the Philippines lead counsel says

MAJOR HURDLE. Does the arbitral tribunal have jurisdiction over the historic case? 2012 file photo of Chinese surveillance ships off Scarborough Shoal by DFA/Philippine Navy/AFP

Ratify UNCLOS, Philippines' lawyer tells US

Jul 15, 2014 - 4:00 PM

Ratifying it will remove China s excuse for not following UNCLOS says the Philippines lawyer in its case against China Paul Reichler

DISPUTED WATERS. US Navy personnel raise their flag during the bilateral maritime exercise between the Philippine Navy and US Navy dubbed Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT 2014) aboard the USS John S. McCain in the South China Sea near waters claimed by Beijing on June 28, 2014. Photo by Noel Celis/Pool/EPA

Obama's Asia pivot 'relevant to every American's job'

May 01, 2014 - 4:40 PM

A US think tank says the Asia pivot is not an anti China message but has to do with growth innovation and a paradigm shift in the political patois of the US

IRONCLAD VOW: In Manila, US President Barack Obama declares ironclad commitment to defend the Philippines

PH lawyer on China: Being 'int'l outlaw' has its price

Dec 04, 2013 - 3:32 PM

Lawyer Paul Reichler says if PH gets a favorable ruling and China defies it there is a heavy price to pay for a state that defies an international court order

With new term, Obama doubles down on Asia

Nov 11, 2012 - 12:40 PM

After a convincing re election victory US President Barack Obama looks set for another four years of reorienting the United States toward Asia at a time of uncertainty over a rising China

US President Barack Obama waves as he disembarks from Air Force One followed by daughter Sasha at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on November 7, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad

Showdown set on bid to give UN control of Internet

Oct 29, 2012 - 3:36 PM

When delegates gather in Dubai in December for an obscure UN agency meeting fighting is expected to be intense over proposals to rewrite global telecom rules to effectively give the United Nations control over the Internet

Internet cables.