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China’s maritime ambitions making waves in Pacific

Xi Jinping  AP PHOTO

China’s communist rulers are making waves in the Pacific as they extend their naval strength and reach while Japan and the Philippines bolster their own fleets, increasing the risk of a maritime conflict, analysts say.

Posted: August 10th, 2013 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

China’s maritime ambitions making waves in Pacific

China president Xi Jinping. AP FILE PHOTO

China’s communist rulers are making waves in the Pacific as they extend their naval strength and reach while Japan and the Philippines bolster their own fleets, increasing the risk of a maritime conflict, analysts say.

Posted: August 9th, 2013 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Obama moves to elevate status of Army in Pacific

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US President Barack Obama. AP FILE PHOTO

The Obama administration is moving to elevate the status of the general who leads soldiers in the Pacific to four stars.

Posted: February 12th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Big nations block curbs on tuna overfishing

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Environmental activists hold banners as others depict a school of tuna during a rally outside the South Korean Embassy in suburban Taguig, south of Manila, Philippines on Nov. 29, 2012. Efforts to curb overfishing of tuna in the Pacific were blocked by big countries that refused to cut their catch at a meeting of tuna-fishing nations in the Asia-Pacific, delegates said Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012.  AP PHOTO/AARON FAVILA

MANILA, Philippines—Efforts to curb overfishing of tuna in the Pacific were blocked by big countries that refused to cut their catch at a meeting of tuna-fishing nations in the Asia-Pacific, delegates said Thursday.   The Western and Central Pacific Commission, comprising 30 member nations and territories, ended a five-day meeting in Manila with minor agreements [...]

Posted: December 7th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Victory for vulnerable whale sharks at Pacific meeting

Palau fisheries official Nanette Malsol gestures as she answers questions from reporters before the opening of the 9th regular session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in suburban Manila on Sunday Dec. 2, 2012. Malsol said Asia and Pacific nations agreed at a meeting in the Philippines on Wednesday to take steps to protect whale sharks in a victory for the world's largest fish.  AP PHOTO/AARON FAVILA

Asia and Pacific nations agreed at a meeting in the Philippines on Wednesday to take steps to protect whale sharks in a victory for the world’s largest fish, officials said.

Posted: December 6th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Overfishing threatens Pacific tuna—officials

Tuna replicas are on display during the opening of the 9th regular session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in suburban Manila on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. Several governments and environmentalists have raised an alarm over destructive fishing methods and overfishing that were threatening the Pacific Ocean's bigeye tuna, the fish popular among sushi lovers the world over.  AP PHOTO/AARON FAVILA

Asia-Pacific fishing experts Sunday warned against depleting tuna stocks, saying the region needs to reduce its catch of the vulnerable bigeye species by 30 percent.

Posted: December 3rd, 2012 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

China tells US: Respect our interests in Asia

Members of the Guards of Honor of the Three Services of the Chinese People's Liberation Army practicing during a training session at a barracks in Beijing in this July 2011 file photo. AFP

China on Tuesday called on the United States to respect its interests in the Asia Pacific, as Washington seeks to boost its influence in the region.

Posted: March 7th, 2012 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

US, Japan closer to moving many Okinawa Marines

Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba speaks during a news conference at the ministry in Tokyo Wednesday. The transfer of thousands of US Marines to Guam will not require the prior closure of a base on the southern Japan island of Okinawa, the United States and Japan announced Wednesday in a compromise they hope will break a stalemate over opposition to the large US military presence there. AP/Kyodo News

Japan and the United States agreed Wednesday to proceed with plans to transfer thousands of US troops out of the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, leaving behind the stalled discussion about closing a major US Marine base there.

Posted: February 9th, 2012 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

US poised to withdraw 4,700 Marines from Japan

Conflict, Territorial Dispute, West Philippine Sea, South China Sea, Spratlys, Spratly Islands, China, Philippines, Asia

The United States is to shift 4,700 Marines from Okinawa to Guam without waiting for progress on controversial plans to relocate a US base on the Japanese island, it was expected to be announced Wednesday.

Posted: February 8th, 2012 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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