China says it warned away US warship in West Philippine Sea; US denies

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Chinese forces followed and warned away a US warship which entered waters near the Paracel Islands in the West Philippine Sea, the country’s military said on Thursday, January but the U.S. Navy denied the ship had been warned off. The Southern Theatre Command of the People’s Liberation Army said the USS Benfold “illegally” sailed into… Continue reading China says it warned away US warship in West Philippine Sea; US denies

US lays out case against ‘unlawful’ China maritime claims

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The United States on Wednesday laid out its most detailed case yet against Beijing’s “unlawful” claims in the West Philippine Sea, rejecting both the geographic and historic bases for its vast, divisive map. In a 47-page research paper, the State Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs said China had no basis… Continue reading US lays out case against ‘unlawful’ China maritime claims

First German warship in almost two decades enters West Philippine Sea

A German warship sailed into the West Philippine Sea on Wednesday for the first time in almost 20 years, a move that sees Berlin joining other Western nations in expanding its military presence in the region amid growing alarm over China’s territorial ambitions. China claims almost the entire West Philippine Sea as its own, despite… Continue reading First German warship in almost two decades enters West Philippine Sea

New Zealand defense forces warn of rising threat from China in Indo-Pacific

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New Zealand’s defense forces warned on Wednesday of the security threat from an increasingly powerful China as it assertively pursues its interests in the Indo-Pacific region. Growing strategic competition between China, which is New Zealand’s biggest trading partner, the United States and other powers will also boost potential for confrontation and conflict in the region,… Continue reading New Zealand defense forces warn of rising threat from China in Indo-Pacific

Russia, ASEAN conclude first joint naval exercise

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Russia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have concluded their first joint naval exercise, Indonesia’s navy said on Saturday, as the region faces rising tensions with China. The three-day exercise off the coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island aimed at increasing interoperability between the ASEAN member states and the Russian navy in the strategic… Continue reading Russia, ASEAN conclude first joint naval exercise

US, EU hit China’s ‘problematic’ actions at sea

The United States and European Union on Thursday, December 2, voiced strong concern at China’s “problematic and unilateral actions” in the West Philippine Sea and stressed the need for close contact to manage “competition and systemic rivalry” with Beijing. The joint statement followed talks in Washington between US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and… Continue reading US, EU hit China’s ‘problematic’ actions at sea

Washington caps year of drills to deter China with 10-day military exercise

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The United States on Tuesday, November 30, completed ten days of joint military drills in Asian waters with Japan and other allies as it ups the ante on deterring China from pursuing its territorial ambitions amid growing tension in the region over Taiwan. The ANNUALEX drill included 35 warships and dozens of aircraft in the… Continue reading Washington caps year of drills to deter China with 10-day military exercise

Japan, Vietnam oppose bids to change status quo in South, East China seas

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The defense ministers of Japan and Vietnam agreed Tuesday to “strongly oppose” unilateral attempts to change the status quo in regional waters, in a veiled reference to China’s maritime expansion. Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and his Vietnamese counterpart Phan Van Giang discussed in Tokyo recent developments in the South and East China seas, confirming the… Continue reading Japan, Vietnam oppose bids to change status quo in South, East China seas

President Duterte has never wavered in affirming PH arbitral win over China — Nograles

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The allegation that President Rodrigo Duterte’s denunciation of China’s actions in the West Philippine Sea was “too little, too late” is unfounded, according to Malacañang. Cabinet Secretary and Acting Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles refuted allegations of Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya), claiming Duterte has always been consistent in affirming the country’s arbitral… Continue reading President Duterte has never wavered in affirming PH arbitral win over China — Nograles

US warns China on action against Philippines

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The United States on Friday accused China of an escalation against the Philippines and warned that an armed attack would invite a US response after an incident in disputed waters. “The United States stands with our ally, the Philippines, in the face of this escalation that directly threatens regional peace and stability,” State Department spokesman… Continue reading US warns China on action against Philippines