A retired Chinese general has called on Beijing to take Ayungin Shoal by force if the Philippines continues to do repair work on a dilapidated vessel anchored on the shoal and used as a security station by Philippine Navy.
After a week-long hearing on the jurisdiction and admissibility of the arbitration case filed by the Philippines against China's alleged encroachment on its 200-mile economic zone, the country now expects a favorable ruling by the UN tribunal soon.
Chinese Coast Guards patrolling the disputed Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) in the Spratly Islands drove away two Philippine civilian ships carrying food and supplies for Philippine troops stationed at at the Shoal.
Philippine Senator Gregorio Honasan wants the United States to deploy US troops in Scarborough Shoal and other disputed areas of the West Philippine Sea to help secure and protect Philippine interests there.
The former captain of the Philippine marines, who was set to sail Friday to Scarborough Shoal, has decided to postpone his trip after Philippine President Aquino requested him to call off the trip in deference to ongoing diplomatic talks with China
A former official of the Philippine marines and a group of concerned citizens of the Philippines are set to sail to Scarborough Shoal, a disputed territory being claimed by China and Philippines amid ongoing talks to diffuse the tense standoff in the area
The Philippines' biggest warship, the BRP Gergorio del Pilar, is reported to be on a tense standoff with two Chinese naval ships in the Scarborough Shoal, around 124 nautical miles off the coast of Subic Bay in Zambales, Northern Philippines.
At least five Philippine congressmen along with a group of local and foreign media landed at the Philippine-occupied Pagasa Island at 10:00 a.m Wednesday to assert the country's claim over the island and nearby islets.
A group of disputed islands, Uotsuri island (top), Minamikojima (bottom) and Kitakojima, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China is seen in the East China Sea
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Chinese naval soldiers stand guard on China's first aircraft carrier Liaoning. Ongoing tensions with the Philippines, Japan and other neighbours over disputed territories in East and South China Sea were heightened by China establishing a new airspace defense zone