DFA welcomes US report dismissing Beijing’s expansive claims in West Philippine Sea

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) welcomed a report released by the US State Department on Friday that dismissed Beijing’s expansive claims in the West Philippine Sea. “We welcome the affirmation of the 2016 arbitral award by the US State Department’s Limits in the Seas No. 150,” the DFA said. “This is consistent with the… Continue reading DFA welcomes US report dismissing Beijing’s expansive claims in West Philippine Sea

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

Kamala Harris says China intimidates to back West Philippine Sea claims

US Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday, August 24, accused China of coercion and intimidation to back unlawful claims in the West Philippine Sea, in her most pointed comments on China on a visit to Southeast Asia, a region she said was critical to US security. Harris’s seven-day trip to Singapore and Vietnam is aimed… Continue reading Kamala Harris says China intimidates to back West Philippine Sea claims

House approves bill seeking the inclusion of PH map, West Philippine Sea, Sabah on passports

In a virtual meeting last Thursday, the committee on foreign affairs approved House Bill 6399, a bill seeking the printing of the country’s map – including the West Philippine Sea and Sabah – on passports. Authored by Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, the said substitute bill seeks to amend the Passport Act by… Continue reading House approves bill seeking the inclusion of PH map, West Philippine Sea, Sabah on passports