Political Security

Title:

 Will the US defend us against China?

Author:

Joel Ruiz Butuyan

Source:

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Date:

 January 18, 2016

Description:

NOW THAT the Supreme Court has upheld the validity of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (Edca), will the United States defend the Philippines if the islands and shoals the Philippines occupies in the West Philippine Sea are attacked by China?

Tags: Commentary, Philippines-US Relations

Title:

 Joint drills with ASEAN proposed

Author:

Zhang Yunbi

Source:

China Daily

Date:

October 17, 2015 

Description:

State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Chang Wanquan said on Friday that China is willing to hold a joint drill with ASEAN countries to better fulfill the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea, a major initiative that analysts said will help avoid potential miscalculations on the South China Sea.

Tags: South China Sea, China-ASEAN Relations, maritime security, joint drills

Title:

 Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China on the Award on Jurisdiction and Admissibility of the South China Sea Arbitration by the Arbitral Tribunal Established at the Request of the Republic of the Philippines

Author:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China

Source:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China

Date:

October 30, 2015 

Description:

The award rendered on 29 October 2015 by the Arbitral Tribunal established at the request of the Republic of the Philippines (hereinafter referred to as the "Arbitral Tribunal") on jurisdiction and admissibility of the South China Sea arbitration is null and void, and has no binding effect on China.

Tags: South China Sea, Arbitration, MOFA

Title:

 Philippines Announces New Ships for South China Sea Defense

Author:

Reuters

Source:

Reuters

Date:

December 21, 2015 

Description:

Philippine President Benigno Aquino vowed on Monday to leave behind a stronger and a more capable armed forces to face maritime challenges in the South China Sea when he leaves office next year. Aquino, ineligible to run for re-election under the constitution, promised to spend about 83.90 billion pesos ($1.77 billion) in a five-year period until 2017 to strengthen the military as China asserts its claims to most of the waters.

Tags: South China Sea, Philippine Navy, Aquino

Title:

 China Announces Military Reform, Creates Three Institutions

Author:

Vishakha Sonawane

Source:

International Business Times

Date:

 January 1, 2016

Description:

China announced Friday its new military reform plan that includes establishment of three military institutions, CCTV News reported. The announcement comes nearly two months after Chinese President Xi Jinping said that his country was continuing the most important overhaul of its military structure in decades.

Tags: News, Military Modernization

Title:

 China navy carries out more drills in disputed South China Sea

Author:

Ben Blanchard

Source:

Reuters

Date:

December 13, 2015 

Description:

China's navy has in recent days carried out more exercises in the disputed South China Sea, the Defence Ministry said on Sunday, calling them routine drills. China claims almost all of the energy-rich waters of the South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion of maritime trade passes each year. The Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia and Taiwan have overlapping claims.

Title:

 Philippines v. China: Court Rules Favorably on Jurisdiction, Case Will Proceed

Author:

Ankit Panda

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

October 30, 2015

Description:

The Permanent Court of Arbitration awarded its first decision in the The Republic of Philippines v. The People’s Republic of China. The court ruled that the case was “properly constituted” under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, that China’s “non-appearance” (i.e., refusal to participate) did not preclude the Court’s jurisdiction, and that the Philippines was within its rights in filing the case.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, Arbitration, The Hague, Philippine-China Relations