China ‘expels’ US Navy destroyer sailing near Spratly Islands in the WPS

In a new escalation of tensions between Beijing and Washington, Beijing announced on Tuesday that its military had “expelled” a US Navy destroyer cruising near the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea. China said the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) southern theatre command dispatched ships and aircraft to warn the US destroyer USS John S.… Continue reading China ‘expels’ US Navy destroyer sailing near Spratly Islands in the WPS

US Navy vows to be ‘more assertive’ in countering China in Pacific

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The US military warned on December 17 that its warships will be “more assertive” in response to international law infractions, citing Beijing’s expansionist goals in the West Philippine Sea as an example. In a document setting objectives for the US Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard for the coming years, the Pentagon stressed that numerous countries, notably… Continue reading US Navy vows to be ‘more assertive’ in countering China in Pacific

House approves bill seeking the inclusion of PH map, West Philippine Sea, Sabah on passports

In a virtual meeting last Thursday, the committee on foreign affairs approved House Bill 6399, a bill seeking the printing of the country’s map – including the West Philippine Sea and Sabah – on passports. Authored by Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, the said substitute bill seeks to amend the Passport Act by… Continue reading House approves bill seeking the inclusion of PH map, West Philippine Sea, Sabah on passports