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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 »

UN arbitral panel may soon decide on jurisdictional issues in PH case vs China

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario. Photo by DFA

The United Nation arbitral tribunal may soon rule on whether it has jurisdiction over the Philippines’ arbitration case seeking to invalidate China’s nine-dash line claim to almost all of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Posted: August 8th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

China says coast guard confronts Japanese vessels

China Coast Guard AP FILE PHOTO

China says ships from its newly formed coast guard confronted Japanese patrol vessels Friday in waters surrounding East China Sea islands claimed by both sides.

Posted: July 27th, 2013 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Vietnam leader defends record to US, seeks trade

Secretary of State John Kerry and Vietnam's President Truong Tan Sang toast during a luncheon at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Vietnam’s president called Wednesday for progress on a Pacific trade pact and defended his government’s human rights record as he faced heated criticism from lawmakers on a rare visit to Washington.

Posted: July 25th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Filipinos protest China’s territorial claims

A Fililipino protester holds a slogan beside a Philippine flag during a rally outside the Chinese Consulate in suburban Makati, south of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday June 11, 2013. The group held the rally to oppose China's alleged continued intrusion and poaching activities in the West Philippine Sea. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Hundreds of people in the Philippine capital protested Wednesday against China’s claims to much of the vast South China Sea, saying Beijing’s intrusions into other countries’ territories would tarnish its image as it becomes a world power.

Posted: July 24th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Biden to address maritime disputes ‘head on’ in Asia

US Vice President Joe Biden. AP FILE PHOTO

US Vice President Joe Biden on Monday begins a week-long visit to India and Singapore where officials say he will tackle tensions over the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) “head on.”

Posted: July 20th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Filipinos set July 24 protests vs China ‘bullying’, ‘shoal-grabbing’

Organizing meeting Loida Nicolas Lewis’ home for July 24 protest at the UN against China’s territorial claims.

The US Pinoys for Good Governance organized community meetings in preparation for “global” demonstrations in front of China’s embassies and consulates on July 24 in protest of China’s “shoal-grabbing” of Philippine territory.

Posted: July 17th, 2013 in Americas,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Kerry joins Asia meeting marked by sea tensions

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. AP FILE PHOTO

Fresh from tough Middle East talks, US Secretary of State John Kerry was due to touch down in Brunei Monday for meetings with Asia-Pacific nations bedevilled by divisive issues of their own.

Posted: July 1st, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

18 Vietnamese crew held as ship hits PH reef


Eighteen Vietnamese crew members of a cargo ship have been detained after it ploughed into a coral reef in the central Philippines, the coastguard said Tuesday.

Posted: June 18th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH chases suspected Vietnam boat from Tubbataha Reef


The Philippine Navy deployed a gunboat and a surveillance plane to a World Heritage-listed marine sanctuary after a suspected Vietnamese fishing vessel was seen there, authorities said Monday.

Posted: June 10th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »



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