Malaysia summons Chinese envoy to protest West Philippine Sea incursion

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Malaysia late Monday summoned Beijings’s envoy to the Southeast Asian country in protest after Chinese vessels entered its maritime economic zone in the disputed West Philippine Sea. Kuala Lumpur summoned Chinese ambassador Ouyang Yujing “to convey Malaysia’s position and protest against the presence and activities of Chinese vessels, including a survey vessel, in Malaysia’s Exclusive… Continue reading Malaysia summons Chinese envoy to protest West Philippine Sea incursion

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

PH, US reaffirms commitment to Mutual Defense Treaty

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Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and United States Chargé d’Affaires Heather Variava reaffirmed their commitment to the Philippines-US alliance through the Mutual Defense Treaty on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. “CDA Variava emphasized that both countries enjoy deep and long-standing bonds, with the alliance at the center of the US’ relationship with the… Continue reading PH, US reaffirms commitment to Mutual Defense Treaty

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

Japan warns citizens of possible attack in Southeast Asia, puzzling nations

Japan’s Foreign Ministry urged its citizens on Monday to stay away from religious facilities and crowds in six Southeast Asian nations, warning of a possible attack. The ministry said it had obtained information that “there are increased risks such as suicide bombings.” The warning applies to Japanese citizens in Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand… Continue reading Japan warns citizens of possible attack in Southeast Asia, puzzling nations

Philippines, US reaffirm commitment to strengthening defense ties

In honor of the 70th anniversary of the Philippines-US Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT), Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana traveled to the United States of America to meet with key US officials. Following their bilateral meeting on July 30, 2021 in Manila, Secretary Lorenzana met with his counterpart, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, on… Continue reading Philippines, US reaffirm commitment to strengthening defense ties

China, Vietnam should avoid magnifying West Philippine Sea disputes – Chinese official

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China and Vietnam should refrain from unilateral actions regarding the West Philippine Sea that could complicate the situation and magnify disputes, senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi told a Vietnamese official, China’s foreign ministry said on Saturday, September 11. State Councilor Wang was speaking with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh during a visit to… Continue reading China, Vietnam should avoid magnifying West Philippine Sea disputes – Chinese official

PH finalizes purchase for comprehensive naval warfare systems from Israel

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Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Co. Ltd. (Rafael), an Israeli defense company, has been awarded a contract for over $80 million to supply a full naval warfare systems suite to a navy in a yet to be disclosed Southeast Asian country. The equipment will be fitted on Israel Shipyards’ Shaldag V fast attack crafts, which will be… Continue reading PH finalizes purchase for comprehensive naval warfare systems from Israel

At least 3 Chinese warships detected in West Philippine Sea in August

According to a maritime expert based in the United States, at least three Chinese research vessels were seen hovering in the West Philippine Sea in August alone. In a series of tweets, Ryan Martinson, a China Maritime Studies Institute and US Naval War College expert, reported the whereabouts of Chinese ships in Philippine waters. Martinson… Continue reading At least 3 Chinese warships detected in West Philippine Sea in August

India pledges support to Philippine Navy during envoy’s visit

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India’s envoy to the Philippines, Ambassador Shambhu Kumaran reaffirmed support to the Philippine Navy during his courtesy call on the Navy Flag Officer In Command, Vice Adm. Adeluis Bordado, at the PN headquarters today, August 5. Ambassador Kumaran remarked upon the Philippines and India’s “very cordial relations” that are “built across the seas.” He then… Continue reading India pledges support to Philippine Navy during envoy’s visit