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Disputed Territories

Preparing for the main event

Amid the manoeuvring and megaphone diplomacy between Beijing and Manila over the disputed Scarborough Shoal, a potential legal time-bomb remains for China - even if the dispute eases.

Thursday, 21 June, 2012, 12:00am

Beijing draws onnew weapons in sea dispute

Much attention has been focused on China's military strength in its tussle with the Philippines over disputed territory in the resource-rich South China Sea.

Clearly the PLA Navy's growing reach, demonstrated by anti-piracy patrols and increased excursions into regional waters, is a major reason the decades-old conflict is attracting so much international attention lately.

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

Row over boats in disputed territory

Manila and Beijing are bickering over the number of Chinese vessels surrounding a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, despite ongoing talks to resolve a long-running stand-off.

24 May 2012 - 12:00am

Taipei 'can help out' in territorial rows

Taipei says it can play an important role in territorial disputes in the South China Sea, and that rival claimants such as the Philippines and Vietnam have tried to persuade it not to side with Beijing.

23 May 2012 - 12:00am

Actions speak louder than words

If recent history follows its course, the flag planted on the Scarborough Shoal last week by a Chinese state media reporter could soon be removed by Philippine officials determined to assert their own claim to the disputed reef in the South China Sea.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

Prepare to make sacrifices, Filipinos are told

Filipinos have been told by the nation's foreign secretary to prepare for sacrifices, in an escalation of rhetoric with China over a month-long maritime dispute.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

Oil drills 'better than naval ones'

Mainland military experts say Beijing should make use of its deep-sea technology to explore and even start drilling for oil in disputed parts of the South China Sea to reinforce its sovereignty.

12 May 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing, Manila protests over shoal

Around 300 people staged a protest outside the Chinese embassy in Manila yesterday over an escalating territorial row in the South China Sea, a much smaller turnout than expected. In a counter-demonstration in Beijing, a small band of protesters rallied outside the Philippine embassy.

12 May 2012 - 12:00am

Dialogue resumes but tensions still mounting

Philippine officials and the Chinese embassy in Manila are once again talking to each other over the stand-off at Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, following a suspension lasting about two weeks, with Beijing demanding that Manila guarantee the safety of Chinese citizens ahead of anti-China protests today.

11 May 2012 - 12:00am

Manila accused of 'provoking' public

Not a shot has been fired, but a war of words is under way in the South China Sea.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am