China philippines dispute - updates

Rappler's latest stories on China philippines dispute


PH removes pole marker planted on West PH Sea island

Aug 29, 2017 - 3:44 PM

It was not a Chinese flag says Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año

KOTA ISLAND. The Philippine military removes a pole marker planted on one of the country's islands in the disputed West Philippine Sea. Screenshot of Google Maps

PH takes center stage in World Economic Forum

May 21, 2014 - 1:11 PM

The Philippines will showcase its economic comeback as it welcomes hundreds of business chiefs and government leaders for East Asia s edition of the World Economic Forum

REGIONAL SUMMIT IN PH. The World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia to be held in the Philippines follows the WEF's annual meeting in Davos. Photo by AFP

Top maritime judge to hear PH case vs China

Jun 25, 2013 - 3:52 PM

The Philippines case falls in the hands of the first president of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

The impossible dream and the West Philippine Sea

Jan 28, 2013 - 9:36 AM

The arbitration process places a greater onus on the Philippines to become better in international diplomacy enhance its skills in bilateral and multi lateral negotiations and ironically improve its relations with China

China: No reason to fear our military

Jul 31, 2012 - 2:29 PM

A spokesman also says China opposes any military intervention in the South China Sea

Aquino's softened tone on Scarborough

Jul 21, 2012 - 8:00 PM

Rappler reviews the President s statements on the Scarborough Shoal dispute ahead of his 3rd State of the Nation Address

PH's 1st 'mistake' in Scarborough

Jul 20, 2012 - 7:03 PM

The Philippines made a mistake when it sent a warship to face 8 fishing boats in Scarborough Shoal says an expert based in Singapore

NAVY'S FASTEST. The BRP Gregorio Del Pilar. Photo from

PH town 'no match' vs China's Sansha City

Jul 19, 2012 - 6:52 AM

One of the poorest Philippine towns faces a better funded more politically complex Chinese city in the disputed South China Sea

AFP: Chinese vessels outside PH territory

Jul 18, 2012 - 3:26 PM

The 30 Chinese vessels in the Spratlys have not entered the Philippines exclusive economic zone a military officer says

Chinese congress in South China Sea city

Jul 18, 2012 - 9:55 AM

Further flexing its political muscle China plans to establish a legislative body in Sansha in the disputed South China Sea

GOVERNMENT SEAT. Sansha City's top government office is found on a South China Sea island called Yongxing. File photo from

PH wants Cambodia's turnaround on Scarborough

Jul 17, 2012 - 5:35 PM

The Palace wants Cambodia to recognize the value of discussing the Scarborough Shoal dispute as well as other South China issues for the Asean region

Chinese warship seen as threat vs PH

Jul 17, 2012 - 1:00 PM

The UN allows foreign ships to pass through Philippine waters but not when they pose economic or security threats

Miriam: PH needs wit vs China the 'dragon'

Jul 12, 2012 - 12:55 PM

The Philippines a mosquito should use its brain against the dragon that is China says Sen Miriam Defensor Santiago

Clinton to Asean: Take a stand on Scarborough

Jul 12, 2012 - 8:27 AM

US Secretary of State wants Asean to clearly outline its position on Scarborough Shoal

Should PH redeploy ships to Scarborough?

Jul 06, 2012 - 11:27 AM

Netizens debate the Scarborough Shoal issue

Palace: US spy planes just like Google Earth

Jul 03, 2012 - 4:02 PM

UPDATED But the US planes that could monitor Scarborough Shoal carry missiles torpedoes rockets mines and bombs

China eyes military in South China Sea 'city'

Jun 29, 2012 - 10:37 PM

China makes this announcement amid Pacific military drills led by the US whose regional presence agitates the Chinese

Chinese boats return to Scarborough - DFA

Jun 26, 2012 - 4:15 PM

Chinese vessels return to the disputed territory two months after the Philippine Navy confirmed their pullout

South China Sea under new Chinese city

Jun 22, 2012 - 7:11 AM

UPDATED The new city includes territories claimed by the Philippines — Scarborough Shoal and the Spratlys

PH to check Chinese ships in Scarborough

Jun 20, 2012 - 8:39 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says it is impossible to keep Philippine vessels permanently in Scarborough Shoal

Is China pulling out of Scarborough?

Jun 19, 2012 - 5:02 PM

This is not the first time the two countries gave conflicting statements on supposed agreements

PH pulls out ships from Scarborough due to bad weather

Jun 16, 2012 - 2:54 PM

President Benigno Aquino III makes this decision due to bad weather

US to help build PH Coast Watch

Jun 09, 2012 - 3:09 AM

UPDATED US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announces aid for Philippine maritime security during a luncheon for President Benigno Aquino III

Obama backs Philippines on sea freedom

Jun 09, 2012 - 2:00 AM

UPDATED The US President pledges support for PH efforts to upgrade its military and build a minimum credible defense posture

PNoy: Leave PH, China alone to settle dispute

Jun 07, 2012 - 6:24 PM

The Philippines should stop drumming up international support for its cause in Scarborough Shoal says President Aquino

PH, China withdraw key ships from 'Panatag'

Jun 05, 2012 - 2:13 PM

The Philippines and China arrive at this decision following consultations says the foreign affairs department

US military chief asks nations to speak on Scarborough

Jun 01, 2012 - 3:31 PM

US chief of staff Gen Martin Dempsey wants to hear from Asia Pacific nations regarding the South China Sea dispute

US IN ASIA-PACIFIC. US Joint Chiefs of Staff chair Army Gen Martin Dempsey (right) confers with US Pacific Command chief Navy Adm Samuel Locklear III (left) ahead of the Shangri-La Dialogue this week. Photo by D Myles Cullen, courtesy of the US Defense Department.

It's final: New envoy flies to China

May 30, 2012 - 3:29 PM

China itself welcomes the appointment of career diplomat Sonia Brady whose knowledge of Beijing spans almost 4 decades

NEW ENVOY. Sonia Brady, whom the President named as the Philippines' new ambassador to China, meets with a Chinese government official during her previous posting in 2010. File photo from China's Ministry of Commerce website

PNoy names envoy to China

May 26, 2012 - 11:13 AM

The newly nominated Philippine ambassador to China Sonia Brady occupied the same position from 2006 to 2010

NEW ENVOY. Sonia Brady, whom the President named as the Philippines' new ambassador to China, meets with a Chinese government official during her previous posting in 2010. File photo from China's Ministry of Commerce website

PNoy to visit US amid China tensions

May 26, 2012 - 8:06 AM

President Benigno Aquino III will meet with US President Barack Obama in June amid the Philippine China Scarborough Shoal standoff

US VISIT. President Benigno Aquino III will visit the United States in June amid the Philippines' Scarborough Shoal dispute with China. File photo from Malacañang/PCOO

China: What 92 vessels in Scarborough?

May 24, 2012 - 9:27 AM

China says it only has 20 vessels in Scarborough Shoal contrary to the Philippines claim that it has 92

92 VESSELS? Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei denies China has 92 vessels in Scarborough Shoal. File photo from China Foreign Ministry

92 Chinese vessels in Scarborough; PH has 2

May 23, 2012 - 3:04 PM

PH protests the increase in Chinese vessels in the disputed Scarborough Shoal

China hits Pentagon over South China Sea

May 20, 2012 - 5:02 AM

China criticizes a US Defense Department report about the Chinese military and its assertiveness in the South China Sea

US ROLE. China fears US involvement in South China Sea disputes, a think-tank says.

US submarine leaves PH

May 19, 2012 - 5:13 PM

A second US submarine was scheduled to arrive Saturday local authorities say

USS NORTH CAROLINA. In this file photo, Sailors "man the ship" and officially bring the newest Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine USS North Carolina (SSN 777) to life during her commissioning ceremony, May 3, 2008, at Wilmington, North Carolina, United States. U.S. Navy file photo By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelvin Edwards.

PH stops protest trip to Scarborough Shoal

May 18, 2012 - 12:06 PM

UPDATED President Benigno Aquino III asks ex Marine captain Nicanor Faeldon to stop his group s Friday trip to Scarborough Shoal

How China trade 'sanctions' could hit PH

May 17, 2012 - 6:05 PM

The Philippines stands to lose its 3rd biggest economic partner if China uses its economic might in the Scarborough Shoal conflict

TRADE SANCTIONS? How will China's moves against Philippine products, like local bananas, affect the country's trade? File photo by AFP

PNoy: PH fishing ban not due to China

May 16, 2012 - 12:55 PM

President Aquino cites reports of damaged coral beds as China begins a South China Sea fishing ban of two and a half months

THORNY SEAHORSE. This kind of seahorse is one of the creatures found in the South China Sea. Photo courtesy of Blogie Robillo,

Major Chinese airline cuts PH flights

May 15, 2012 - 8:42 PM

China Southern Airlines decreases its Philippine flights due to tour cancellations amid the Scarborough Shoal standoff

CUTTING FLIGHTS. A major Chinese airline has decreased flights to the Philippines amid the Scarborough Shoal standoff.

US submarine arrives near Scarborough

May 15, 2012 - 5:30 PM

One of the United States newest submarines visits the Philippines as the Scarborough Shoal standoff entered its 5th week

USS NORTH CAROLINA. In this file photo, Sailors "man the ship" and officially bring the newest Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine USS North Carolina (SSN 777) to life during her commissioning ceremony, May 3, 2008, at Wilmington, North Carolina, United States. U.S. Navy file photo By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelvin Edwards.

Scarborough in the eyes of Filipino-Chinese

May 12, 2012 - 5:00 PM

Many who are perceived by others as Chinese do not even see themselves as Chinese

WEIGHING IN. Chinese Filipinos tell Rappler their thoughts on the Scarborough Shoal dispute.

China denies preparing for war over South China Sea‎

May 12, 2012 - 12:38 PM

China s defense ministry makes this statement amid state media warnings that China is prepared to fight to end the standoff

WAR PREPARATIONS? China has denied it is preparing for war over the South China Sea.

China hits PH for 'instigating' citizens

May 12, 2012 - 9:21 AM

Filipino anti China protests which ended in singing and dancing in the Philippines make Beijing angry

KUNG FU FIGHTING. China blames the Philippines for global protests against them Friday.

'Kung Fu' dance: Protesting vs China the Pinoy way

May 11, 2012 - 2:42 PM

The Filipino led rally that agitated Beijing ends in singing and dancing

PEACEFUL RALLY. Filipino protesters use song and dance to oppose China's claim over Scarborough Shoal.

PH-China talks resume

May 11, 2012 - 8:40 AM

The resumption comes amid anti China protests launched Friday

PH-CHINA TALKS. The two countries will begin to negotiate again weeks after the talks were suspended.

Protests vs China: Good or bad for PH?

May 11, 2012 - 6:09 AM

Filipinos are divided on the use of protest to assert the country s Scarborough Shoal claim

PINOY RALLIES. Filipinos hold global protests against China after the Scarborough Shoal standoff's first month.

Impact of China travel boycott 'immediate but temporary'

May 10, 2012 - 5:24 PM

The Philippines will immediately feel its impact tourism official says

TRAVEL BOYCOTT. Philippine tourism officials see as 'unfortunate' the suspension of Chinese tours to the Philippines.

Pinoy protests agitate China

May 10, 2012 - 11:36 AM

China says the planned May 11 protests outside its embassies will worsen its impasse with the Philippines

GLOBAL PROTESTS. Filipinos will storm Chinese embassies Friday, May 11, to protest China's stance on its Scarborough Shoal standoff with the Philippines.

China: 'Weird' to bring dispute to int'l court

May 09, 2012 - 2:44 PM

This statement comes over a week after the Philippines won its first territorial victory before the UN

INT'L COURT? Weird prospect, China says.

China offended at 'new' Panatag name

May 08, 2012 - 12:06 PM

Beijing reacts to a Palace spokesperson s earlier statement about using the name Panatag Shoal for brevity

'NEW' NAME. Scarborough Shoal's 'new' name from the Philippines sparks China's 'fury.'

PH promises UN peace in South China Sea

May 05, 2012 - 2:02 PM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon says mediation is important in disputes

PH-UN MEETING. Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meet in connection with the 20th anniversary of the Manila Declaration on the Peaceful Settlement of Disputes. Photo from