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- (Reuters 27/5) UPDATE 1-Vietnam says Chinese boats harassed oil exploration ship; (AP 27/5) Vietnam accuses China of threatening boat researching oil-drilling sites in South China Sea; (Forbes 27/5) Vietnam accuses China of violating sovereignty; (Upstream 27/5) Chinese boats 'harass' Vietnam oil ship; (Financial Times 27/5) Vietnam and China oil clashes intensify - “China is brazenly asserting its sovereignty by such actions and it has the preponderance of vessels to enforce this,”, Carl Thayer, an expert on the South China Sea at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra

- (Platts 26/5) CNOOC offers 19 offshore South China Sea blocks for joint exploration - 12 blocks in the east area of South China Sea, and seven blocks in the west area of the South China Sea, according to the notice published on Tuesday.

- (East Asia Forum 25/5) Taiwan on the fence as South China Sea tensions mount - Taiwan’s South China Sea policy is a balancing act, seeking to protect its interests there while continuing to avoid antagonizing China or the United States and its allies

- (Xinhua 25/5) China discusses South China Sea issue with Indonesia, Philippines during Defense Minister's visit

- (Inquirer 25/5) Aquino warns of arms race - President Benigno Aquino III has warned Chinese Defense Minister Liang Gianglie

- (PhilStar 26/5) The Spratly issue

- (CriEnglish 26/5) China Establishes Cyber PLA - China's Defense Ministry has now revealed that the PLA has established a "cyber blue team" to better safeguard the Internet security of the armed forces.

- (ABS-CBN 25/5) FVR pushes for 'hard bargaining' with China - Former President Fidel V. Ramos warned yesterday against raising tensions in the South China Sea and urged President Aquino to be more consistent in his dealings with China and the United States.

- (Global Times 24/5) Mega oil rig changes game - China has inaugurated its most advanced deep-sea oil platform capable of operating at up to 3,000 meters under the surface of the ocean.

- (Inquirer 24/5) DND chief, Chinese counterpart cautious over Spratlys dispute - Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie said that in the inventory of their armed forces, they do not have MIGs which spotted in the vicinity of Reed Bank last March 11

- (Straits Times 24/5) Philippine defence chief says military too weak - Philippines Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin

- (PhilStar 24/5) UK calls for peaceful resolution of Spratly dispute - Peter Wilson, director for Asia-Pacific of the UK Foreign and Commonwelath Office

- (Inquirer 24/5) Peaceful Spratlys resolution reaffirmed; (ABS-CBN 23/5) China, PH agree to hold regular talks on Spratlys

- (Jakarta Post 23/5) Indonesia, China plan coordinated sea patrols

- (PhilStar 22/5) Palace: Reed Bank part of Phl territory - The statement came on the day of the arrival of Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie for a five-day visit.

- (Manila Bulletin 22/5) Aquino seeks code with China - The move is aimed at working hand-in-hand with China to diffuse tensions brought about by incidents that magnify the territorial dispute between the two nations and with other countries over islands in the South China Sea.

- (The Diplomat 23/5) US Drones vs China - The US drones could help reverse the steady expansion of so-called ‘denied’ territory on China's maritime border.

- (PhilStar 21/5) Palace in no hurry to file China protest - The government will not rush into filing a diplomatic protest against China, as authorities are still further verifying reports of the intrusion of Chinese fighter jets into Philippine-claimed areas in the Spratly Islands

- (RSIS 5/2011) Sam Bateman, US AirSea Battle: Countering China’s anti-access StrategiesThe US is developing the AirSea Battle concept in response to what it sees as China’s anti-access strategies. But there are risks for the region if the two sides misunderstand each other’s intentions; Li Mingjiang, Non-Confrontational Assertiveness: China’s New Security Posture

- (Jamestown Foundation 20/5) China Brief Volume: 11 Issue: 9:

+ PLA Navy Expands Recruitment Drive to Enhance Operational Capability

+ PLA Developing Joint Operations Capability (Part One): Joint Task Force Experimentation

- (Bloomberg 20/5) Vietnam Protests China Mobile Move to Disputed Islands, VNA Says

- (World Socialist 21/5) US and the Philippines: naval ships and ‘historical ties’

- (Foreign Policy 20/5) We can't advance our interests in Asia without any resources

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