-(PhilStar 11/12) Philippine new security alliances pushed to counter China’s SCS expansion: Security experts have urged the Philippines to explore a common visiting forces agreement (VFA) with Japan and Australia or a trilateral deal to counter China’s aggression.

-(The Star 10/12) Murky problem in the South China Sea: It is hoped that there will be a provision in the COC for “an area where it’s illegal for any fishing to be conducted”.


-(SCMP 10/12) Ignore what you’ve read about China and the Singapore-India naval pact: While some portray deepening naval ties between the Lion City and New Delhi as an affront to Beijing, others say there are more nuanced objectives at play

-(Foreign Affairs 9/12) Crossing the South China Sea: How Maritime Trade Bridges the Gap Between Beijing and Manila.