China deploys anti-stealth radars in West Philippine Sea to detect US F-35C jets — Military expert

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Anti-stealth radars are being used by China to detect F-35C aircraft currently stationed on the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier in the West Philippine Sea. On Wednesday, Fu Qianshao, a Chinese military specialist, told the Global Times that “China has already developed a number of anti-stealth radar systems, so the F-35C can be detected. China… Continue reading China deploys anti-stealth radars in West Philippine Sea to detect US F-35C jets — Military expert

China shows off defense diplomacy with multinational peacekeeping drill

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China’s armed forces concluded their first multinational peacekeeping exercise on Wednesday, September 15, showing off their combat prowess with drones and mine-clearing robots while seeking to project a more benign image. As the Asian giant modernizes and beefs up its military by pumping hundreds of billions of dollars annually into its defense budget, it has… Continue reading China shows off defense diplomacy with multinational peacekeeping drill

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

Japan says suspected Chinese submarine seen near territorial waters

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Japan’s defense ministry said on Sunday, September 12, that a submarine believed to be from China was spotted in waters near its southern islands, as maritime tensions persist in the Pacific. Japan’s navy on Friday morning, September 10, identified a submerged vessel sailing northwest just outside territorial waters near Amami Oshima island, part of Kagoshima… Continue reading Japan says suspected Chinese submarine seen near territorial waters

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

Indonesia and Australia agree to boost security ties

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Indonesia and Australia agreed to deepen security ties during a ministerial meeting on Thursday, September 9, with discussions underway towards enabling joint military training in Australia and participation in its defense academies. Agreements were signed over counter-terrorism, defense and cybersecurity, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said, plus another agreement on support for Pacific island nations.… Continue reading Indonesia and Australia agree to boost security ties

PCG gets assistance from US Coast Guard to improve its maritime domain awareness

The US Coast Guard (USCG) is assisting the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in improving the country’s marine domain awareness. USCG Vice Admiral Michael McAllister stated in a teleconference on Friday that Washington DC wants to provide Manila the capacity and competence to “spend more time beyond their littorals.” The USCG and the PCG recently completed… Continue reading PCG gets assistance from US Coast Guard to improve its maritime domain awareness

US, China accuse each other of ‘bullying’ nations

US Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday, August 25, again charged China with bullying its Southeast Asian neighbors, the second time in two days she has attacked Beijing during a regional visit, as Washington tries to rally regional partners to take on China’s growing economic and military influence. The Chinese foreign ministry shot back on… Continue reading US, China accuse each other of ‘bullying’ nations

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

Philippine Navy frigate partakes in Maritime Partnership exercise

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The Philippine Navy frigate BRP Antonio Luna (FF151) on Monday (August 23, 2021) participated in a Maritime Partnership Exercise in the West Philippine Sea alongside two Indian Navy ships, the INS Ranvijay (Guided Missile Destroyer, D55) and INS Kora (Guided Missile Corvette, P61). BRP Antonio Luna met the two Indian Navy ships somewhere off the… Continue reading Philippine Navy frigate partakes in Maritime Partnership exercise