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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…


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…


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…



China’s new aircraft carrier leads battle group into international waters

China’s newly combat-ready aircraft carrier has set off for the Western Pacific for an undisclosed “training exercise”. “This exercise is being carried out in accordance with annual exercise plans,” the navy announced on the front page of today’s (Sunday, December 25) People’s Liberation Army Daily. The statement said a navy formation…


China seizes US Navy underwater vessel off Subic Bay

China has seized an unmanned US Navy underwater testing vehicle off the coast of the Philippines, a Pentagon official has revealed today (Friday, December 16). Navy Captain Jeff Davis said the probe, a US Navy vessel operated by civilians, “was taken” by China, adding that the craft was seized about…


News in brief: Bibles, beauty queens and battleships

It’s been a busy week in the newsrooms of the Philippines, with breaking stories coming thick and fast. As the nation’s reporters prepare for a well-earned weekend break, we present a brief summary of some of the big stories of the moment… Bible basher Boxer-turned-senator Manny Pacquiao wants the last…