Spratlys islands: in the middle of EEZs?

Seabed resources or strategic trade routes approach?

Philippines sends more troops to guard disputed islands

The Philippines has deployed 800 more Marines and opened a new headquarters to guard its interests in the disputed Spratlys islands, which China also claims …

Scarborough Shoal satellite picture and geographical position.

Navy personnel and Philippine MPs at the tiny rock of Scarborough Shoal bearing Philippine flag in South China Sea in 1997.

Philippines, China hit diplomatic, military impasse over Scarborough Shoal standoff

The Philippines and China are in a diplomatic and military impasse in a new area of the West Philippine Sea as the newly bought warship BRP Gregorio del Pilar stands guard outside a lagoon of Scarborough Shoal where two Chinese maritime surveillance ships keep watch over at least eight Chinese fishing boats.

The South China Sea dispute: A new flashpoint in the making?

Even though the territorial disputes in the South China Sea is nothing new, the recent confrontations among China, the Philippines, and Vietnam have sparked global concerns. It is being feared that the region is becoming a new flashpoint with serious security consequences. Six countries have made territorial claims over the South China Sea or its two major archipelagos-Spratly and Paracel.1 Many of the so-called “islands” are merely rocky outcroppings or coral reefs that are underwater at high tide, but their strategic and economic importance reach far beyond their actual size. Some 25 percent of the world’s shipping passes through the waters of the South China Sea. Moreover, there is the possibility that the area contains huge amount of oil and gas resources. A Chinese report in 1989 estimated that the area contains more than 100 billion barrels of oil. Since the 1970s, the sovereign disputes over the Spratly and Paracel archipelagos have generated a number of armed conflicts in the South China Sea.

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