The United States and the Philippines are set to hold naval exercise amid heightened tension in Western Philippine Sea following allegations of intrusion by Chinese Naval personnel in the Philippine-occupied area of the disputed Spratly Islands.
The United States has sent one of the most formidable warships, the USS Chung-Hoon, a guided-missile destroyer to the South China Sea and Sulu sea amid tensions between China, Vietnam and the Philippines over the disputed Spratly Islands.
In an apparent move to counter China's alleged incursions at the Vietnamese-claimed territory in disputed Spratly islands, Vietnam announced it has scheduled a marine ammunition drill in an area off the country's central Quang Nam province.
China has warned Vietnam for its "invasive activities" at the Spratlys hours after Vietnamese authorities complained about Chinese fishing boat supported by two patrol vessels had damaged the exploration cable of a state-operated seismic survey boat.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino is expected to raise the alleged intrusion by China's Air Force into the Reed Bank, a group of small islands and atolls in the Philippines when he meets today with Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie at the Palace
The ghoulish dispute started by the expected access to Arctic raw materials as the ice sheet melts is getting formalized, to some degree. The sovereignty issue, is now getting translated into something less verbose and therefore better defined.