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Aquino discusses sea dispute in bilateral talks with APEC heads of state

Benigno Aquino III

Although the territorial dispute between the Philippines and China in the West Philippine Sea was not on the agenda of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit here, President Aquino was unable to stay away from it in talks with other regional leaders, according to Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario.

Posted: November 10th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

China, Vietnam patch ties after territory disputes

In this May 7, 2014 file photo released by Vietnam Coast Guard, a Chinese ship, left, shoots water cannon at a Vietnamese vessel, right, while a Chinese Coast Guard ship, center, sails alongside in the South China Sea, off Vietnam's coast as Chinese ships are ramming at Vietnamese vessels trying to stop Beijing from setting up an oil rig in the sea. AP FILE PHOTO

China and Vietnam agreed to resume military ties and better manage their maritime disputes in the first signs that tensions over territorial claims could be easing.

Posted: October 18th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

PH, Vietnam to cooperate amid sea row

albert del rosario

The Philippines and Vietnam have agreed to work together to bring the territorial disputes in the South China Sea to the leaders of Europe and Asia during a retreat session scheduled yesterday at the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (Asem) in Milan, Italy.

Posted: October 18th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

China builds military airstrip on disputed island

South China Sea Disputed Territories

Beijing has completed a runway for military aircraft on a South China Sea island also claimed by Vietnam, state-run media reported, as it asserts its territorial claims in the area.

Posted: October 8th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Mideast problems hamper US security pivot to Asia

This April 28, 2014, file photo shows US President Barack Obama toasting with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, right, during a state dinner at Malacanang Palace in Manila, following the signing of the Philippines Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement. The Obama administration is still chipping away at its grand plan for a rebalance to Asia that began within months of Obama taking office in 2009, when the US signed a cooperation treaty with the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations.  AP PHOTO/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

A military agreement with the Philippines and easing an arms embargo against Vietnam show the Obama administration wants deeper security ties with Asia, even as turmoil in the Mideast has undermined its hope of making Asia the heart of its foreign policy.

Posted: October 6th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »