Philippines, US forges an agreement on aeronautical, maritime search and rescue

The Philippine-US Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (AMSAR) Agreement was signed on July 30 by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. and US Embassy Chargé d’affaires John C. Law. The AMSAR Agreement establishes boundaries between the Philippines and the United States in terms of search and rescue operations. It promotes closer bilateral cooperation… Continue reading Philippines, US forges an agreement on aeronautical, maritime search and rescue

Thailand receives approval from US for the supply of FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missiles

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The US State Department has given its clearance for the sale of FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missiles and related equipment to the Thai government for an estimated cost of $83.5 million. The US State Department has notified the US Congress of a potential deal in which the Thai government has requested the sale of 300 FGM-148… Continue reading Thailand receives approval from US for the supply of FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missiles

Vietnam’s second Hamilton-class cutter donated by US arrives at homeport

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The second Hamilton-class high endurance cutter recevied by the Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG) from the US Government has arrived in its homeport in Vietnam. This was announced by the US Embassy in Hanoi, mentioning that the arrival of the ship, with hull number CBS 8021 happened “earlier this month”, with no specific time and date… Continue reading Vietnam’s second Hamilton-class cutter donated by US arrives at homeport

DND Secretary Lorenzana says war in West Philippine Sea ‘unlikely’

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Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana stated on Wednesday that he does not envision any conflicts breaking out in the West Philippine Sea, despite increased exercises between the Philippines and the United States and its partners in the region. “There is a provision in the MDT (Mutual Defense Treaty) that an attack to… Continue reading DND Secretary Lorenzana says war in West Philippine Sea ‘unlikely’

Japan, United Kingdom to strengthen defense ties at sea, military technology

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Defense ministers from Japan and the United Kingdom announced Tuesday that the British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and its strike group will visit Japanese ports in September for joint exercises, as the two countries strengthen military ties amid increased Chinese assertiveness in regional waters. The visit by the Royal Navy’s largest cruiser is part… Continue reading Japan, United Kingdom to strengthen defense ties at sea, military technology

China did not ‘expel’ a US warship, US Navy says

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China’s assertions that it employed naval and air forces to evict a US warship from its territory this week are incorrect, according to US Navy officials. The destroyer John S. McCain was “expelled” from waters around the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea, according to a senior colonel with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.… Continue reading China did not ‘expel’ a US warship, US Navy says

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to visit Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam

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According to the US embassy in Hanoi, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will visit Southeast Asia later this month. His itinerary includes stops in the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam. “Secretary Austin’s visit will demonstrate the importance the Biden-Harris Administration places on Southeast Asia and on ASEAN as an essential part of the Indo-Pacific’s architecture,” Pentagon… Continue reading US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to visit Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam

Caught between China and the U.S., Asian countries stockpile powerful new missiles

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Asia is sliding into a dangerous arms race as smaller nations that once stayed on the sidelines build arsenals of advanced long-range missiles, following in the footsteps of powerhouses China and the United States, analysts say. China is mass producing its DF-26 – a multipurpose weapon with a range of up to 4,000 kilometres –… Continue reading Caught between China and the U.S., Asian countries stockpile powerful new missiles

France, South Pacific nations will join forces to tackle ‘predatory’ fishing as China’s reach expands

As China widens its marine reach, French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Monday that France and South Pacific nations will establish a South Pacific coastguard network to combat “predatory” behavior, which an aide claimed was aimed at illicit fishing. To offset China’s influence, the US and its allies, notably France, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand,… Continue reading France, South Pacific nations will join forces to tackle ‘predatory’ fishing as China’s reach expands

China’s military asserts it chased a US frigate out of a contested West Philippine Sea

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After Washington warned that an attack on the Philippines would trigger a mutual defense treaty, China’s military chased a US cruiser out of another disputed area in the West Philippine Sea on Monday. Beijing reaffirmed its rights to parts of the sea that are also claimed by states in Southeast Asia. It rejected the Biden administration’s… Continue reading China’s military asserts it chased a US frigate out of a contested West Philippine Sea