September 24, 2002 |
A Philippine governor said Monday that he has sent settlers and officials to an island guarded by Philippine troops in the South China Sea's disputed Spratlys archipelago to boost his country's territorial claim to the area. Gov. Joel Reyes of Palawan said about 90 Filipinos left the province Sunday aboard a navy ship for Pag-asa island to try to build a community there.
April 1, 1999 |
A top Chinese diplomat accused the Philippines on Wednesday of heightening tensions over the contested Spratly Islands in the South China Sea but said Beijing will not resort to force to resolve the dispute. "The Philippine side, especially the military and the Congress, are still cooking up this matter" for political gain, said a senior official with China's Foreign Ministry, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
December 15, 1998 |
China's recent construction of "fishermen shelters" in the Spratly Islands off the Philippine coast has heightened regional tensions and raised concerns in Southeast Asia that Beijing is seeking to expand its military influence. The increased Chinese activity in the strategic island chain was detected last month by Philippine reconnaissance planes.
November 30, 1998 |
The Philippine navy has arrested 20 Chinese fishermen who were found near a reef claimed by Manila in the disputed Spratly Islands, a military spokesman said. The Chinese were aboard six fishing boats loaded with fish when they were found by patrol ships about five nautical miles from Mischief Reef, Maj. Romulo Gualdrapa said. He was speaking at a military base at Puerto Princesa, about 360 miles southwest of Manila.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1996
What The Times didn't say in its March 7 editorial criticizing the House Republican defense of Taiwan is more disturbing than what you did say. Not one of the 300 words in your attack piece was critical of Communist China's aggression toward its Asian neighbors. No condemnation of China's launch of missiles into target areas a few miles away from Taiwan's two largest port cities and millions of people--an outrageous act of intimidation. Nor does The Times mention the dismal human rights record of China's Communist dictators, their accelerating military buildup, oppression of Tibet, intellectual property piracy, military aggression against Filipino possessions in the Spratly Islands and other atrocities against their own people and their democratic neighbors.
May 21, 1995
For most Americans, as for most Asians, the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea remain a place of obscure insignificance. Yet the Spratlys could soon become alarmingly well-known. Strategists count a number of potential flash points in Asia. The Spratlys may be moving toward the top of the list. The barren Spratlys, which include about 200 islets, reefs and atolls, sprawl across 150,000 miles of the South China Sea, an area about the size of Montana.