US VP Harris offers Vietnam support to counter Beijing in the West Philippine Sea

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US Vice President Kamala Harris met Vietnam’s top leaders on Wednesday, August 25, offering support in several key areas including the enhancement of its maritime security in an effort to counter Beijing’s increasing assertiveness in the West Philippine Sea. Harris also offered more visits by US warships during her talks with Vietnam’s President Nguyen Xuan… Continue reading US VP Harris offers Vietnam support to counter Beijing in the West Philippine Sea

World leaders condemn ‘despicable’ Kabul airport attack

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Coordinated explosions on Thursday tore through crowds of people at Kabul airport who were hoping to board flights to safety, as countries raced to evacuate as many people as possible before an August 31 deadline. Here is a round-up of the reaction to the attack, which was claimed by the Afghan branch of the Islamic… Continue reading World leaders condemn ‘despicable’ Kabul airport attack

Islamic State suicide bombers kill dozens at Kabul airport

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Islamic State suicide bombers attacked crowds of people gathered Thursday outside Kabul airport hoping to flee Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, killing dozens including 13 US troops, as President Joe Biden vowed to hunt down those responsible. The Taliban said the two blasts killed between 13 and 20 people. A health official in the previous government said the… Continue reading Islamic State suicide bombers kill dozens at Kabul airport

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

US INDOPACOM commander visits the Philippines

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In honor of the 70th anniversary of the US-Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty, Adm. John C. Aquilino, Commander for US Indo-Pacific Command, traveled to the Philippines to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to the alliance with the Philippines. During his visit, Aquilino attended the Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the US-Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty, met with… Continue reading US INDOPACOM commander visits the Philippines

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

Several killed in flag-waving protests against Taliban in Afghanistan

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Flag-waving protesters took to the streets of several Afghan cities on Thursday as popular opposition to the Taliban spread, and a witness said several people were killed when the militants fired on a crowd. “Our flag, our identity,” a crowd of men and some women waving black, red and green national flags shouted in the… Continue reading Several killed in flag-waving protests against Taliban in Afghanistan

China holds assault drills near Taiwan after ‘provocations’

China carried out assault drills near Taiwan on Tuesday, August 17, with warships and fighter jets exercising off the southwest and southeast of the island, in what the country’s armed forces said was as a response to “external interference” and “provocations”. Taiwan, which Beijing claims as Chinese territory, has complained of repeated People’s Liberation Army… Continue reading China holds assault drills near Taiwan after ‘provocations’

South Korea, US to begin joint military drills despite North Korea rebuke

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South Korea and the United States will begin their annual joint military drills on Monday, August 16, the South’s military said on Sunday, August 15, amid North Korea’s warnings of a diplomatic and security crisis. South Korea and the United States regularly stage military exercises, mainly in the spring and summer, but North Korea has… Continue reading South Korea, US to begin joint military drills despite North Korea rebuke

North Korea not picking up hotlines after warning South, US over joint drills

North Korea did not answer routine calls on inter-Korean hotlines on Tuesday, August 10, South Korea said, hours after a senior official in Pyongyang warned the South and the United States over annual joint military drills set to begin this week. Kim Yo-Jong, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, accused South Korea… Continue reading North Korea not picking up hotlines after warning South, US over joint drills