Fiery Cross Reef - updates

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Satellite image shows Chinese military plane on Kagitingan Reef

Mar 30, 2020 - 8:00 PM

The routine presence of Chinese military assets shows Beijing's continuing dominance in the West Philippine Sea

KAGITINGAN REEF. This satellite image dated January 1, 2018, shows Kagitingan Reef (Fiery Cross Reef) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

Lorenzana wants PH to protest China 'rescue center' in Spratlys

Feb 04, 2019 - 6:55 PM

'We don't want them keeping on building things there.... It will become theirs,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana during NDCP Alumni Forum at Camp Aguinaldo on Monday, February 4, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Carpio says PH should protest China 'rescue center'

Jan 31, 2019 - 7:10 PM

In contrast, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says 'maybe we should be thankful' for China's new 'maritime rescue center' in the West Philippine Sea

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio speaks at 'Kasarinlan: A Philippine Foreign Policy Forum,' in Intramuros, Manila, on July 9, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH 'should thank' China for 'rescue center' in West PH Sea – Panelo

Jan 31, 2019 - 12:49 PM

Does Malacañang believe China when it says the 'rescue center' will not be used for other purposes? 'We’ll give them the benefit of the doubt,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Chinese Ambassador to the Philippins Zhao Jianhua who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Malacañan Palace on October 8, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

China opens 'rescue center' in West Philippine Sea

Jan 31, 2019 - 11:18 AM

China claims it will use its artificial islands in the West Philippine Sea for humanitarian purposes, while experts warn that China aims for militarization

KAGITINGAN REEF. This satellite image dated January 1, 2018, shows Kagitingan Reef (Fiery Cross Reef) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

Beijing 'installs missiles' on South China Sea islands

May 04, 2018 - 12:00 AM

The US network CNBC reports, citing sources close to US intelligence, the Chinese army installed anti-ship and air-to-air defenses on outposts also claimed by Vietnam and the Philippines over the last 30 days

DISPUTED. This 2016 file photo shows

Photos show China's massive construction, runway on PH reef

Feb 05, 2018 - 12:22 PM

China ignores a ruling of the UN-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration that declared Mischief Reef a part of the Philippine Exclusive Economic Zone

2016 PHOTO. Structures seen on a satellite image of Mischief Reef on November 15, 2016, released December 13, 2016. Image courtesy of CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

Duterte on corruption, Teachers’ salary hike, Princess Charlotte nursery photos | Evening wRap

Jan 09, 2018 - 7:29 PM

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Roque, Lorenzana contradict each other on China's promise on man-made islands

Jan 09, 2018 - 2:39 PM

President Duterte's spokesman and his defense chief are not on the same page when it comes to China's promise: Is it a promise just to stop new reclamation in the South China Sea, or also to refrain from militarization of its man-made islands?

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque is glad to announce during a press briefing at the New Executive Building (NEB) in Malacañang on January 8, 2018 that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has garnered an approval rating of 80 percent and 82 percent trust rating based on the last quarter survey of Pulse Asia. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

IN PHOTOS: The China build-up

Apr 09, 2017 - 10:30 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the military to occupy and build structures in Philippine territory in the South China Sea China has been building its own way before this

Duterte adviser bares plan to fix PH runway in West PH Sea

Apr 01, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The Philippines only runway in the disputed territory has been dilapidated due to forced neglect

PAG-ASA ISLAND. The second biggest island in the disputed South China Sea is home to about a hundred Filipinos. File photo by SSg Amable Milay/Philippine Air Force

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Feb 23, 2017 - 1:56 PM

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China using 'coercive tactics' in maritime claims – Pentagon

May 14, 2016 - 8:00 AM

In an annual report to Congress the Defense Department outlines China s rapid military growth and describes how it is assertively defending sovereignty claims across the contested East China Sea and South China Sea

EAST CHINA SEA. A file picture dated April 27, 2005 shows an aerial view of Uotsuri Island, one of the disputed Senkaku islands in the East China Sea. File photo by Hiroya Shimoji/EPA

Vietnam warns China over oil rig deployment

Jan 20, 2016 - 2:39 PM

UPDATED The move comes a day before a crucial political transition begins in Hanoi as the communist leadership meets for its 5 yearly congress


PH ‘studying’ reports of Chinese tourists on disputed reef

Jan 19, 2016 - 6:29 PM

Reports say a first batch of Chinese tourists visited China s man made island in the West Philippine Sea

Image by Victor Robert Lee and DigitalGlobe

Vietnam slams 'erroneous statements' on China island flights

Jan 13, 2016 - 5:18 PM

Hanoi and Beijing s diplomatic row over the South China Sea worsens further

Kagitingan Reef, Fiery Cross Reef

Philippines and China: Rivals at sea, allies in trade?

Jan 09, 2016 - 2:36 PM

Dindo Manhit of the Albert del Rosario Institute tells Rappler: This opportunity of joining the AIIB tells China and the whole world that the Philippines is open to be friends with China

COMPLEX TIES. Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) aims to build China's financial clout while expanding its control of the South China Sea. Philippine President Benigno Aquino (R) seeks to balance trade and security ties with Beijing. File AFP photo

China lands 2 more planes in disputed South China Sea – state media

Jan 06, 2016 - 9:51 PM

This successful test flight proves that this airport is equipped with the capacity to ensure the safe operation of large civilian aircraft says official Xinhua news agency

PAG-ASA ISLAND. This file photo shows the second biggest island in the disputed South China Sea. File photo by SSg Amable Milay/Philippine Air Force

Philippines to protest China's test-flight on Spratlys

Jan 03, 2016 - 4:24 PM

Manila will protest Beijing s test flight of a civilian aircraft on an airstrip it built in the artificial island of Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea

FIERY CROSS. Satellite imagery shows changes to Fiery Cross Reef between February and March 2015, including the beginning of an airfield installation. Image courtesy: CNES 2015, Distribution Airbus DS/Spot Image/IHS

IN PHOTOS: China's creeping expansion

Jun 18, 2015 - 8:44 AM

China is busy building military fortresses in the West Philippine Sea

US planes keep distance from Chinese 'islands' – for now

May 22, 2015 - 8:06 AM

US officials have said they are weighing sending warships and surveillance aircraft within 12 nautical miles of the manmade islands in the South China Sea to test Beijing s controversial territorial claims

File photo of a US maritime patrol aircraft P-8A

Satellite images show runway in South China Sea

Apr 17, 2015 - 5:32 PM

Before this construction China lacked the refueling and resupply capabilities to reach the southern part of the South China Sea Washington based Center for Strategic and International Studies says

KAGITINGAN REEF: Status of reclamation activities in Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) Reef as of December 12, 2014

Photos show China's 'massive' reclamation in West PH Sea

Jan 22, 2015 - 9:28 AM

The reclaimed Kagitingan Reef is believed to become the site of a runway for China s air assets to be present in a disputed area already dominated by its ships

50% COMPLETE? A runway is believed to be among what China will build at the reclaimed Kagitingan Reef off the coast of Palawan

'China to finish construction of airstrip in West PH Sea this year'

Jan 08, 2015 - 8:45 AM

A Chinese airstrip in the West Philippine Sea will dramatically change the security situation because it will allow Chinese assets to stay longer in the area

DISPUTED SEA. A screengrab from Google Maps of the disputed features in the South China Sea, known as West Philippine Sea in the Philippines.

PH protests China's reclamation activity on Kagitingan Reef

Nov 25, 2014 - 2:45 PM

The Philippines has sent a note verbale to China to protest its activity on the disputed reef says Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario

TOP DIPLOMAT. File photo of Philippine Secretary Albert del Rosario

China blasts 'irresponsible' US comments on island project

Nov 24, 2014 - 11:40 AM

UPDATED External forces have no right to make irresponsible remarks

This image dated Feb 25, 2014 shows China's reclamation activities in another disputed reef, the Mabini Reef. Photo courtesy of DFA