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Filipino fishermen aboard their wooden boats sail past a Chinese coast guard ship near the China-controlled Scarborough Shoal, in disputed waters of the South China Sea on Feb. 15.
Feb 20, 2024
Philippines joint air patrol with U.S. to 'protect territory'
China claims sovereignty over most of the South China Sea, a conduit for more than $3 trillion of commercial shipping annually.
Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto votes at a polling station during the general election in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia, on Wednesday.
Feb 14, 2024
Prabowo on track to win Indonesia’s presidential election
This is Prabowo’s third time to run for the country’s top job, after losing in 2014 and 2019 to incumbent Joko "Jokowo" Widodo.
This frame grab from handout video released by the Philippine Coast guard on Feb. 11 shows a Chinese coast guard vessel (front R) blocking and sailing past Philippine coast guard ship BRP Teresa Magbanua (back L) near Scarborough Shoal, in the disputed South China Sea.
Feb 12, 2024
Philippines accuses Chinese vessels of 'dangerous' maneuvers
The reef of the incident has been a flash point between the countries since China seized it from the Philippines in 2012.
Philippine's Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (left) and Vietnam's President Vo Van Thuong at a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on Tuesday
Jan 30, 2024
Amid China concerns, Manila and Hanoi agree to better manage maritime disputes
The Philippines is turning to neighboring South China Sea claimant states to boost security ties and potentially forge a united front against Beijing.
A Philippine flag flutters from BRP Sierra Madre, a dilapidated Philippine Navy ship that has been aground since 1999 and become a Philippine military detachment on the disputed Second Thomas Shoal, part of the Spratly Islands, in the South China Sea in March 2014.
Jan 29, 2024
Philippines denies 'special arrangements' with China over reef
The Chinese coast guard had said it had temporarily allowed the Philippines to provide food and water to soldiers stationed at the Second Thomas Shoal.
Philippine Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Romeo Brawner walks past an honor guard during the arrival ceremony at Western Command, in Puerto Princesa, on the Philippine island of Palawan last August.
Jan 21, 2024
Manila gets tough in the South China Sea as a showdown looms
Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has taken a tough stance on territorial disputes with China — and he is backing this up with bold moves.
The Philippines and China have had numerous confrontations recently in certain disputed waters in the South China Sea, with both trading accusations of provoking conflict in the economic strategic waterway.
Jan 18, 2024
China and Philippines seek better dialogue regarding South China Sea
In the talks, the two sides reaffirmed that the South China Sea dispute is "not the whole story of bilateral relations."
Philippine Defense Minister Gilberto Teodoro arrives to attend the ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting in Jakarta in November.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 16, 2024
Philippines hopes to sign troops pact with Japan early this year
Manila hopes to sign in the first quarter of the year a deal with Tokyo allowing the deployment of military forces on each other's soil, the Philippines' defense chief said.
Philippines Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Romeo Brawner speaks to the media during a press briefing in Puerto Princesa, Philippines, last August.
Jan 15, 2024
Philippines to develop islands in South China Sea, military chief says
Manila will develop islands in the waterway that it considers part of its territory to make them more habitable for troops, military chief Romeo Brawner said.
A Chinese coast guard ship blocks a Philippine Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources' vessel near the Chinese-controlled Scarborough Shoal in the disputed South China Sea on Sept. 22.
Jan 4, 2024
China holds sea patrols as U.S. and Philippines drill in same region
China’s military didn’t say where its patrols happened or what types of aircraft and vessels were involved.
A Philippine supply boat sails near a Chinese Coast Guard ship during a resupply mission for Filipino troops stationed at a grounded warship in the South China Sea on Oct. 4.
Dec 26, 2023
Philippines not stirring conflict in South China Sea: spokesperson
Instead Manila accused Beijing of performing dangerous maneuvers that sometimes result in collisions at sea.
An undated file photo shows Diego Garcia, the largest island in the Chagos archipelago and site of a major United States military base in the middle of the Indian Ocean, leased from Britain in 1966.
Dec 14, 2023
Indian Ocean could become China's Achilles' heel in war on Taiwan
A struggle to protect energy lifelines even as demands increase could make a protracted war over Taiwan difficult for Beijing to sustain.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attend an EU-China summit in Beijing on Thursday.
Dec 12, 2023
China's Xi visits Vietnam after Biden, seeking to boost ties
The neighbors have very close economic ties but also share a millennia-long history of frequent conflict.
A China Coast Guard vessel uses a water cannon against a Philippine supply boat as it carries out a mission to deliver provisions to the Second Thomas Shoal in the disputed South China Sea on Sunday.
Dec 11, 2023
Manila summons Chinese envoy after tense weekend in South China Sea
The moves came after the Philippines said one of its vessels was rammed and others "directly targeted” by a China Coast Guard ship with a water cannon.
A China Coast Guard vessel fires a water cannon at a Philippine supply boat during a mission to deliver provisions to the Second Thomas Shoal in disputed waters of the South China Sea on Sunday.
Dec 10, 2023
Philippines and China trade blame for collision in disputed waters
The maritime incident with China happened during a Philippine resupply mission to a tiny garrison on Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratly Islands.
The USS Gabrielle Giffords sails in the Pacific Ocean in September 2019.
Dec 4, 2023
China says U.S. Navy ship ‘seriously violated’ its sovereignty
The move in disputed waters of the South China Sea underscored lingering military tensions between the nations.
Chinese vessels gather near Whitsun Reef in disputed waters of the South China Sea on Saturday. The Philippines said Sunday that more than 135 Chinese "maritime militia" vessels were "swarming" the reef.
Dec 3, 2023
Philippines says Chinese boats 'swarming' reef in South China Sea
Manila said that more than 135 Chinese “maritime militia” ships were “swarming” a reef that it claims sovereignty over in the disputed waterway.
Philippine Coast Guard personnel patrol the South China Sea
Nov 29, 2023
Philippines allows civilian vessels and plans more joint sea patrols
Officials say many countries have expressed an interest in joining the Southeast Asian nation in patrolling contested waters.
Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida arrive for a document exchange ceremony and joint news conference after their meeting in Tokyo on Monday.
Nov 28, 2023
With eye on China, Japan and Vietnam take ties to ‘new heights’
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong agreed to elevate the relationship to a “comprehensive strategic partnership.”
An Australian F-35A fighter jet takes part in a joint exercise between Australian and Philippine troops at a naval base in Zambales province, Philippines, in August.
Nov 26, 2023
Chinese fighter jets 'orbit' Philippine patrol aircraft, Manila says
The Philippine and Australian militaries carried out a second day of sea and air exercises in the Southeast Asian country's exclusive economic zone.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
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