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JUL 15, 2024
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Transparency has not "failed" the Philippines
Recent debate which casts the Philippines' assertive transparency campaign as as a "failure" for not deterring Beijing's South China Sea aggression risks missing the forest for the trees. Manila has gained much by turning on the cameras.
JUN 23, 2024
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This Was No "Accident"
President Marcos laid out the principled high ground upon which the Philippines stands at Second Thomas Shoal. His spokespeople should avoid yielding it back by excusing Beijing's mendacity.
MAY 19, 2024
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China at Whitsun Reef: Effective Control by Overwhelming Presence
A new satellite photo of the maritime militia swarm at Whitsun Reef shows how China is committed to maintaining its effective control over this maritime feature within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone. How long before its other vessel swarms at features even closer to the Philippine archipelago--Sabina Shoal and Iroquois Reef--grow to look like this?
MAY 13, 2024
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Flashpoint: Sabina Shoal
Is China building another artificial feature at Sabina Shoal? The Philippines certainly suspects it has those designs. With everything else swirling around the South China Sea, why should this be what we're talking about now? SeaLight explains below.
MAY 1, 2024
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Gray Zone Tactics Playbook: Cartographic Expansionism
Cartographic expansionism describes the gray zone tactic in which an aggressor nation manipulates maps to mark out, advance and expand its vast territorial and maritime claims.
APR 30, 2024
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Iroquois Reef: Theft by Soft Occupation
Satellite images show how China is slowly stealing Iroquois Reef from the Philippines.
APR 8, 2024
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Why Should We Care About the U.S.-Japan-Philippines Trilateral Summit?
SeaLight Director Ray Powell and his co-host, former senior U.S. diplomat Jim Carouso discuss his week's upcoming U.S.-Japan-Philippines trilateral leaders summit with expert guests Chris Johnstone and Dindo Manhit.
APR 8, 2024
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Infographic: Chinese Provocations in the South China Sea
A quick-reference guide to South China Sea hotspots.
APR 6, 2024
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Why Should We Care about the Indo-Pacific?
SeaLight Director Ray Powell announces a new podcast with former diplomat Jim Carouso in which they unpack current Indo-Pacific events through the practical lens of, "Why should we care?"
APR 2, 2024
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The Philippines Chooses Non-Violent Direct Action
“Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.” -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

News & Articles

JUL 17, 2024
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Why is the China Coast Guard’s biggest ship still in Escoda Shoal?
For over two months now, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)’s BRP Teresa Magbanua has been keeping watch over Escoda (Sabina) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea, because of concerns that China is trying to build yet another “artificial island.”
JUL 17, 2024
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Philippine Marine Corps To Secure Maritime Routes With New Unit
The Maritime Security Battalion aims to secure Philippine maritime routes and bring the Philippine Marine Corps into the littorals.
JUL 16, 2024
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New deal establishes a hotline Chinese and Philippine presidents can use to stop clashes at sea
A recently signed agreement will open a direct line of communication between the presidential offices of China and the Philippines to help prevent any new confrontation from spiraling out of control in the disputed South China Sea, according to highlights of the accord seen by The Associated Press on Tuesday.
JUL 16, 2024
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Russian, Chinese Navies “Destroy” Enemy Submarine During Joint Sea-2024 Naval Drills In South China Sea
In yet another display of military cooperation amid tensions with the US, ships from the Russian Federation and China successfully destroyed a simulated enemy submarine during the “Joint Sea-2024” exercise.
JUL 15, 2024
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Joint Chinese, Russian Naval Drills Start in South China Sea
The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and the Russian Navy launched a joint naval exercise on Sunday that will take place in the South China Sea. Also on Sunday, a separate joint naval patrol by the two navies also entered the South China Sea.
JUL 5, 2024
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Exclusive: Philippines turned down US help amid South China Sea tensions - military chief
The Philippines has turned down offers from the United States to assist operations in the South China Sea, after a flare-up with China over missions to resupply Filipino troops on a contested shoal, its military chief said.
JUL 5, 2024
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China’s West Philippine Sea gray zone tactics: It’s still war Read more: https://www.inquirer.net/408111/chinas-west-philippine-sea-gray-zone-tactics-its-still-war/#ixzz8f9uqY0If
While still outside the definition of outright war, China’s attacks against the Philippines point to just one end game which is complete control of the West Philippine Sea (WPS) and other areas in South China Sea (SCS) that the Asian behemoth claims to own.
JUL 5, 2024
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Japan confirms China set up buoy over its southern continental shelf
The Japanese government said Friday it has confirmed China has installed a buoy in the high seas over Japan's southern continental shelf in the Pacific Ocean, in a move that could further strain bilateral relations.
JUL 4, 2024
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Philippine military chief warns his forces will fight back if assaulted again in disputed sea
Philippine forces will defend themselves with “the same level of force” if they come under assault again from China’s coast guard in the disputed South China Sea, where Chinese personnel armed with machetes and spears injured Filipino navy personnel and damaged two of their boats in a chaotic faceoff last month, the Philippine military chief said Thursday.
JUL 4, 2024
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Philippines hopes to sign key defense pact with Japan
The Philippines' military chief said Thursday he hoped a key defense pact with Japan allowing for the deployment of troops on each other's territory will be signed at security talks next week.
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