A Sea of Troubles: The Philippines and Pacific Geopolitics * Annabelle T. Ilan * Shairah Mae Saez *

The current conflict in Scarborough Shoal is primarily between the Philippines and China, although in the past, several South east Asian nations have struggled for control over the various hotspots of the South China Sea. The Scarborough Shoal is an area that barely consists of the land and it is mostly made up of "uninhabited rocky outcrops, atolls, sandbanks, and reefs.

The Philippine and China are both dependent upon the fisheries in South China Sea, specifically in Scarborough Shoal, for the economic development and livelihood of their people.

President Rodrigo Duterte and Prime Minister Xi Jinping

Philippine fishermen favor strong president to end China’s blockade of Scarborough Shoal

Its 10-man crew once made their living off the abundant fish stocks of the disputed Scarborough Shoal some 124 nautical miles (230 km) away. But since Beijing’s patrol boats moved in, the fishermen of the west coast town of Masinloc said they had been forced to do odd jobs ashore, or become motorcycle taxi drivers. The crews yearn to get back into their boats and hope that Monday’s Philippine election will bring a new president bold enough to stand up to China’s assertiveness in the disputed waters of the South China Sea.
When the topic came up in debates, Duterte promised not to put the Philippine navy in harm’s way, but said he would personally challenge China by riding a jet-ski to the Spratlys to plant a Philippine flag.

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