North Korean soldiers look toward the South side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas on April 16.
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Jul 16, 2024
High-ranking North Korean diplomat in Cuba defected to South
The defection came around three months before Seoul and Havana — one of Pyongyang's oldest allies — announced they were establishing diplomatic ties.
Philippine National Security Adviser Eduardo Ano efforts were underway to de-escalate tensions in the South China Sea where Manila and Beijing have accused each other of aggressive behavior.
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Jul 12, 2024
Manila rejects ‘use of force’ to undermine its South China Sea interests
Amid efforts to de-escalate tensions between the Philippines and China, Manila's national security adviser outlines its commitment to dialogue and diplomacy.
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol speaks to the press during the NATO 75th anniversary summit in Washington on Thursday.
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Jul 12, 2024
South Korea to deploy 'StarWars' lasers against Pyongyang's drones
The new laser weapons are apparently invisible and noise-free, require no additional ammunition, operate solely on electricity and are cheap to use.
The Chinese navy aircraft carrier the Shandong in the Pacific Ocean southeast of Miyakojima, Okinawa Prefecture, on Tuesday
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Jul 11, 2024
Taiwan monitors surge of Chinese warplanes headed to Pacific carrier drills
The Chinese military exercises coincide with a NATO summit in Washington, where a draft communique says Beijing continues to pose systemic challenges to security.
U.S. and Philippine soldiers participate in a live fire exercise at Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, on May 6. The Philippine Air Force embarked on its first overseas deployment in six decades on Wednesday alongside U.S. and Australian fighter jets.
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Jul 11, 2024
Philippines air force joins multination war games in Australia
Four Philippine FA-50 fighter jets and 162 personnel are taking part in the Pitch Black war games.
A truck drives along India's Tezpur-Tawang highway, which runs to the Chinese border, in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. Plans for the hydropower stations in the state are expected to be announced in the 2024/2025 federal budget that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government will unveil on July 23.
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Jul 10, 2024
India races to build power plants in region claimed by China, sources say
The construction of 12 hydropower stations in the northeastern Himalayan state of Arunachal Pradesh could raise tensions with Beijing that lays claims to the region.
The Philippine-occupied Thitu Island, locally known as Pag-asa, in the contested Spratly Islands of the South China Sea in March 2023
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Jul 9, 2024
Philippines rejects China's claim it has damaged coral in South China Sea
Manila has called for an independent, third party marine scientific assessment of the causes of damage to coral reef ecosystems in the South China Sea.

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