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

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

Philippines, Spain inks intel protection pact

The Department of National Defense (DND) of the Philippines and the National Intelligence Center (CNI) of Spain inked on Thursday, November 4, 2021, a “Protection of Classified Information in the Field of Defense” agreement. “Recognizing the importance of information sharing in fostering mutual understanding and closer cooperation between security partners, an agreement between the Department… Continue reading Philippines, Spain inks intel protection pact

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