Indonesia, Malaysia concerned over AUKUS nuclear subs plan

Malaysia and Indonesia share strong reservations over Australia’s decision to acquire nuclear-powered submarines, even though nuclear weapons were not part of the plan, Malaysia’s foreign minister said on Monday. Referring to AUKUS, a trilateral security pact agreed last month between Australia, the United States and Britain, Saifuddin Abdullah said the two Southeast Asian nations were… Continue reading Indonesia, Malaysia concerned over AUKUS nuclear subs plan

Tsai Ing-wen says Taiwan will ‘spare no effort’ to defend island, democracy

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Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen stated that the island wishes to avoid armed war but will “spare no effort” to defend itself as the island works to create a long-range missile capable of striking Beijing. On Friday, days after the People’s Liberation Army’s sent scores of its largest warplanes to patrol near the island, Tsai said… Continue reading Tsai Ing-wen says Taiwan will ‘spare no effort’ to defend island, democracy

Australian Defense Force trains with the Philippine Marines

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A cross-training between the Australian Defense Force Mobile Training Team (MTT) and the Philippine Marine Corps was conducted from September 20 to 28, 2021 as part of the Australian Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2021, Australia’s flagship regional engagement activity. The training aimed to provide more knowledge and skills to both allied countries for advancement in support of… Continue reading Australian Defense Force trains with the Philippine Marines

AFP Chief sees stronger partnership with Australian Government

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The Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) looks forward to holding more bilateral engagements with the Australian Government following the success of this year’s Indo-Pacific Endeavor (IPE 2021). Lieutenant General Jose Faustino Jr congratulated the Australian Ambassador to the Philippines, His Excellency Steven Robinson AO whom he met on Thursday… Continue reading AFP Chief sees stronger partnership with Australian Government

AFP receives P57 million worth of medical equipment, supplies from Australian government

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) received about P57 Million worth of medical equipment, supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) from the Australian Government on Tuesday, September 28. The Secretary of National Defense, Sec. Delfin Lorenzana, the AFP Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Jose Faustino Jr. together with the Commander of AFP Health Service… Continue reading AFP receives P57 million worth of medical equipment, supplies from Australian government

Concerns about Chinese vessels overfishing on the high seas growing amidst AUKUS row

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Amid concerns about China’s aggressive actions in the West Philippine Sea, sources claim there is rising concern about Chinese vessels engaged in high-seas overfishing. Last year, several hundred Chinese fishing trawlers were spotted in the Galapagos Islands, with the vessels apparently traveling hundreds of miles each year in search of squid. There have also been… Continue reading Concerns about Chinese vessels overfishing on the high seas growing amidst AUKUS row

Philippine, Australian navy ships conducts maritime drills to promote peace and stability

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Aimed at promoting peace and stability in the region, the BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151) of the Philippine Navy (PN) and two Royal Australian Navy (RAN) vessels engaged in the at-sea portion of Exercise Lumbas 2021 on Saturday, September 25, 2021, for the “maneuver exercise, division tactics, and formations in column and abreast using NATO coded… Continue reading Philippine, Australian navy ships conducts maritime drills to promote peace and stability

Quad leaders press for free Indo-Pacific, with wary eye on China

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Leaders of the United States, Japan, India, and Australia vowed on Friday, September 24, to pursue a free and open Indo-Pacific region “undaunted by coercion” at their first in-person summit, which presented a united front amid shared concerns about China. The two-hour meeting at the White House of the Quad, as the grouping of four… Continue reading Quad leaders press for free Indo-Pacific, with wary eye on China

Philippines supports Australia nuclear sub pact to counter China

The Philippines is backing a new defense partnership between the United States, Britain, and Australia, hoping it can maintain the balance of power in the Indo-Pacific region, a view that contrasts sharply with some of its neighbors. Known as AUKUS, the alliance will see Australia get technology to deploy nuclear-powered submarines as part of the… Continue reading Philippines supports Australia nuclear sub pact to counter China

Malaysia warns new Indo-Pacific pact may trigger nuclear arms race

Malaysia on Saturday, September 18, expressed concerns that Australia’s plan to build nuclear-powered submarines under a new pact with Britain and the United States could catalyze a nuclear arms race in the Indo-Pacific region. Australia will build eight nuclear-powered submarines under an Indo-Pacific security partnership that has riled China. “It will provoke other powers to… Continue reading Malaysia warns new Indo-Pacific pact may trigger nuclear arms race