Political Security

Title:

 77% pinoys concerned over chinese missiles

Author:

Adelle Chu

Source:

The Standard

Date:

 March 13, 2016

Description:

MOST Filipinos are concerned over China’s deployment of surface-to-air missiles from the Paracel Island in the South China Sea in February even as a majority remain undecided on the wisdom of arbitration proceedings between the Philippines and China, according to the latest The Standard Poll.

Tags: News, Militarization

Title:

 Who Will Stand Up to China This Year?

Author:

John Hemmings

Source:

The National Interest

Date:

 March 12, 2016

Description:

The growth of the South China Sea as a primary area of concern of the U.S.-Japan alliance, second perhaps only to the Korean nuclear threat, is one of the main trends of the past four years. The East China Sea, once a serious concern, has receded in the background as China—under Xi Jinping’s direction—has turned its attention and focus on securing Chinese pre-eminence inside the Nine-Dashed Line. This coming spring, the Philippines’ court case on the legality of this line will be decided by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. By many accounts, and by the weaknesses inherent in China’s claims, the finding is likely to be in Manila’s favor.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, US-Japan Relations

Title:

South China Sea Controversy 2016 Update: Japan And Philippines Sign Defense Agreement Amid Regional Uncertainty

Author:

Lydia Tomkiw

Source:

International Business Times

Date:

February 29, 2016

Description:

Militarization, South China Sea, Japan-Philippines Relations, News Japan will supply the Philippines with defense equipment after leaders from the two nations signed an agreement Monday as tensions remain high in the disputed South China Sea region, the Associated Press reported.

Tags: South China Sea, Japan, Japan-Philippines Relations

Title:

 Say it like it is

Author:

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Source:

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Date:

February 27, 2016

Description:

Days after news came out that China has deployed not only fighter jets but also antiaircraft missiles and radar to the disputed Woody Island in the South China Sea, and even after the United States has also publicly expressed alarm at China’s increasing militarization, which is “changing the operational landscape” of the area, according to Adm. Harry Harris Jr., head of the US Navy’s Pacific Command, none of the five candidates seeking the presidency of the Philippines has presented a definitive policy statement on the issue.

Tags: South China Sea, Editorial, Philippine Presidential Elections

Title:

 Need to reestablish US bases in the Philippines

Author:

Mauri Gia Samonte

Source:

The Manila Times

Date:

February 26, 2016

Description:

But in regard to the Philippines, the US had lost a stable foothold with the abrogation of the Military Bases Agreement in 1991. The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) which after a time had been made to supplant the bases agreement, though effectively invoked by the US from time to time to deploy US troops in the country for ostensible exercises with AFP soldiers, certainly does not suffice US requirement for permanent military bases in the Philippines like Clark and Subic in the past. Such requirement becomes particularly urgent considering the need to re-deploy in the immediate term some 8,000 US troops from Okinawa, Japan.

Tags: Military Cooperation, Philippines-US Relations, Visiting Forces Agreement

Title:

 China to PHL: Distance not a basis to determine sovereignty

Author:

Reuters

Source:

GMA News

Date:

February 26, 2016

Description:

Distance is not the standard to determine territorial sovereignty, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Thursday at the US Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., refuting the disputed claims made by the Philippines on the South China Sea.

Tags: South China Sea, Wang Yi

Title:

 Revealed: America's Backup Plan in Case of War with China

Author:

Robert Beckhusen

Source:

The National Interest

Date:

February 25, 2016

Description:

The United States can no longer count on its Pacific air bases to be safe from missile attack during a war with China. On the contrary, a 2015 paper from the influential RAND Corporation noted that in the worst case scenario, “larger and accurate attacks sustained over time against a less hardened posture could be devastating, causing large losses of aircraft and prolonged airfield closures.”

Tags: South China Sea, US Military

Title:

 U.S. mulls pledge on disputed Philippines outpost

Author:

Bill Gertz

Source:

The Washington Times

Date:

February 24, 2016

Description:

The U.S. military should consider offering new security guarantees to the Philippines similar to those promised to Japan in response to any military attacks by China in maritime disputes in Asia, the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific said this week.

Tags: South China Sea, Philippines-US Relations

Title:

 Filipino troops ready for ‘worst-case’ in dispute with China

Author:

Julie M. Aurelio and Tarra Quismundo

Source:

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Date:

February 21, 2016

Description:

FORT GREGORIO DEL PILAR, Philippines—The chief of the Western Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines said Palawan-based Filipino troops had planned for “the worst-case scenario” and were monitoring China’s reported deployment of surface-to-air missiles in the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.

Tags: South China Sea, Philippine Military