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

China protested Indonesian drilling, military exercises

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China told Indonesia to stop drilling for oil and natural gas in maritime territory that both countries regard as their own during a months-long standoff in the West Philippine Sea earlier this year, four people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The unprecedented demand, which has not previously been reported, elevated tensions over natural resources… Continue reading China protested Indonesian drilling, military exercises

Australia says China’s ‘alarming’ actions at odds with peaceful rhetoric

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China’s “alarming” actions do not match its rhetoric about promoting peace and prosperity in the region, Australia’s defense minister said on Friday after a Chinese navy ship was tracked sailing through the country’s exclusive economic zone. Defense Minister Peter Dutton listed China’s militarization of the West Philippine Sea, recent aggression towards Taiwan and the introduction… Continue reading Australia says China’s ‘alarming’ actions at odds with peaceful rhetoric

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

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

PH making every attempt to take diplomatic action vs unlawful activities in WPS — Esperon

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During his visit to the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) Mimaropa in Puerto Princesa, Palawan on Thursday, November 4, 2021, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said that the country is making every effort to take diplomatic action against illegal operations and other forms of invasions in the West Philippine… Continue reading PH making every attempt to take diplomatic action vs unlawful activities in WPS — Esperon

Beijing demands end to US operations in West Philippine Sea

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China’s defence ministry has demanded an end to US military operations in the West Philippine Sea, saying they pose a threat to regional security and increase the risks of collisions and even nuclear leaks in the strategic waterway. Ministry spokesman Tan Kefei also repeated China’s demand for an explanation of what happened to a US… Continue reading Beijing demands end to US operations in West Philippine Sea

BFAR to lodge new protest against ‘illegal, unreported, and unregulated’ foreign vessels in West Philippine Sea

The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) is collaborating with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on new diplomatic protests against foreign vessels’ continued presence and activity in the West Philippine Sea (WPS). The DA-BFAR expressed “severe concern” in a statement on Tuesday about the continued presence of foreign vessels conducting… Continue reading BFAR to lodge new protest against ‘illegal, unreported, and unregulated’ foreign vessels in West Philippine Sea

British Navy’s most powerful warship ignores China’s warnings

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Despite China’s warnings, Her Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Queen Elizabeth and her escorts of submarines, destroyers, and attack cruisers have penetrated the contested West Philippine Sea. The warships comprise the UK’s Carrier Strike Group 21, the UK’s largest and most powerful strike group. The HMS Queen Elizabeth and its escorts are in the region to uphold… Continue reading British Navy’s most powerful warship ignores China’s warnings

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