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

President Duterte has never wavered in affirming PH arbitral win over China — Nograles

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The allegation that President Rodrigo Duterte’s denunciation of China’s actions in the West Philippine Sea was “too little, too late” is unfounded, according to Malacañang. Cabinet Secretary and Acting Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles refuted allegations of Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya), claiming Duterte has always been consistent in affirming the country’s arbitral… Continue reading President Duterte has never wavered in affirming PH arbitral win over China — Nograles

Xi tells Southeast Asian leaders China does not seek ‘hegemony’

Chinese President Xi Jinping told leaders of the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at a summit on Monday, November 22, that Beijing would not “bully” its smaller regional neighbors amid rising tension over the South China Sea. Beijing’s territorial claims over the sea clash with those of several Southeast Asian nations and have… Continue reading Xi tells Southeast Asian leaders China does not seek ‘hegemony’

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

Chinese Coast Guard intercepted, water cannoned PH supply boats in Ayungin Shoal

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Western Command in Palawan, the Chinese Coast Guard bombarded some Filipino boats that were intended to provide supplies to Filipino soldiers within the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). According to Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., on Thursday, November 16, three Chinese Coast Guard vessels intercepted and water… Continue reading Chinese Coast Guard intercepted, water cannoned PH supply boats in Ayungin Shoal

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

China builds mockups of US Navy ships in area used for missile target practice

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China’s military has built mockups in the shape of a US Navy aircraft carrier and other US warships, possibly as training targets, in the desert of Xinjiang, satellite images by Maxar showed on Sunday. These mockups reflect China’s efforts to build up anti-carrier capabilities, specifically against the US Navy, as tensions remain high with Washington… Continue reading China builds mockups of US Navy ships in area used for missile target practice