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US Navy aircraft carrier strike group enters the South China Sea

A US Navy aircraft carrier strike group has begun patrols in the South China Sea. The move comes amid growing tensions over the contested waters, and fears the resource-rich shipping lane could become a major flashpoint under the Trump administration. As we have reported (here, here and here) strong words…




Islamic State cash flows into Philippines disguised as OFW remittances

The Philippines defence minister has confirmed “very strong” links between the so-called Islamic State (IS) and home-grown militants such as Abu Sayyaf. Delfin Lorenzana said new intelligence had shown Muslim rebels had been communicating with IS, and funds were being transferred in the same way as overseas Filipino workers in…



Duterte accuses USA of illegally stockpiling arms at military bases

President Duterte has threatened to tear up the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) after accusing US forces of stockpiling weaponry in his country. The president claims that the US is stirring up trouble in the region by building arms depots in contravention of the 2014 security treaty. However, a senior…


Despite Duterte’s anti-American rhetoric, US military bases set to expand

Despite President Duterte’s apparent distain for Uncle Sam, it’s been announced that a planned upgrade of American military bases in the Philippines will go ahead. Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told reporters in Manila today (Thursday, January 26) that the Duterte administrations will honour the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) to…


Trump vs China: Fresh war of words over South China Sea dispute

A fresh war of words has erupted between Beijing and the new US government over the sovereignty of the South China Sea. Beijing has asserted its “indisputable sovereignty” over parts of the waters after the Trump administration vowed to prevent China from taking territory in the region. The Chinese foreign…