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Chinese warn off Philippine planes carrying defence minister to island

  Chinese forces attempted to drive away two planes carrying Philippine military chiefs visiting the South China Sea after reports that Filipino fishermen had been shot at by Chinese coast guards. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the Chinese warned the aircraft they were entering the periphery of Chinese installations. However,…


WATCH: Russian guided-missile cruiser arrives in Manila

The flagship of Russia’s Pacific Fleet arrived in Manila today (Thursday, April 20) for a four-day goodwill visit. The arrival of the guided-missile cruiser Varyag, along with fuel tanker ship, Pechenge, is the second port call by Russian warships in three months. The move is part of President Duterte’s drive…


Deerhurst: Is Duterte still marching in step with his military?

Increasingly, it looks like the Philippine military establishment and President Duterte are going through the sort of rocky patch that, in a marriage, would end in a messy divorce. For one thing, it seems that they’ve reached the point where they’re no longer talking. This was made clear when the…








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…