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Japan defense ministry asks for record budget

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work, left, and Japanese counterpart Ryota Takeda, right, shake hands prior to a meeting at Defense Ministry in Tokyo Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko

Japan’s defense ministry on Friday made its biggest ever budget request, as Tokyo bolsters its military amid worries over China’s expanding naval reach.

Posted: August 29th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

PH to pursue ‘triple action plan’ on disputed sea amid China refusal


China’s refusal to halt “destabilizing activities” in West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) won’t stop the Philippines from presenting its “triple action plan” before the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Regional Forum next week, Malacañang said Tuesday.

Posted: August 5th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Japan names 5 disputed islets in East China Sea

In this Sept. 2012 photo, the tiny islands in the East China Sea, called Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese are seen.  The Chinese Defense Ministry on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, issued a map of an East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone that includes a chain of disputed islands also claimed by Japan, triggering a protest from Tokyo. AP

Japan on Friday gave names to five uninhabited islets in an island group at the center of a territorial dispute with China as part of efforts to reinforce its claim, sparking quick condemnation from Beijing.

Posted: August 1st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

PH, Indonesia foreign ministers tackle maritime row with China

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario. PHOTO FROM DFA

The two largest archipelagos in Southeast Asia, Philippines and Indonesia, discussed the continuing maritime disputes with China in the South China Sea which has caused tensions to rise.

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH: China map just a ‘drawing’

china-world map

It’s just a drawing that has no bearing, Malacañang on Thursday said of a new map claiming West Philippine Sea as part of China’s territory.

Posted: June 26th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »