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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh gesture with their elbows before a meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Pompeo is wrapping up an anti-China tour of Asia in Vietnam as the fierce American presidential election race enters its final stretch. (Bui Lam Khanh/VNA via AP)

Pompeo wraps up anti-China tour of Asia in Vietnam

Oct. 30, 2020 5:22 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrapped up a five-nation, anti-China tour of Asia in Vietnam on Friday with a call for regional unity to counter Beijing's growing assertiveness, as the fierce American presidential election race entered its final stretch. With just four days left...

In this photo released by Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi pose for photographers during their meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. Pompeo renewed the Trump administration's rhetorical onslaught against China in Indonesia on Thursday as the American presidential election looms. (Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP)

Pompeo, in Indonesia, renews China attacks as US vote looms

Oct. 29, 2020 5:10 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo renewed the Trump administration’s rhetorical onslaught against China in Indonesia on Thursday as the American presidential election looms. With China a central theme in President Donald Trump’s campaign to win a second term in...

Young girls wearing masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus place clothes to shelter them from rain due to Typhoon Molave in Pampanga province, northern Philippines on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. A fast moving typhoon has forced thousands of villagers to flee to safety in provinces. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Philippines: Typhoon displaces 120,000 people, 8 missing

Oct. 26, 2020 11:35 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A strong typhoon blew out of the Philippines on Monday after displacing more than 120,000 people, leaving several fishermen missing and causing at least six vessels to sink or run aground in storm-tossed waters, officials said. Local authorities reported at least two dead from...

The remains of a house is surrounded by floods in Pola town on the island of Mindoro, central Philippines, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. A fast-moving typhoon forced thousands of villagers to flee to safety in provinces south of the Philippine capital Monday, flooding rural villages and ripping off roofs, officials said. (AP Photo/Erik De Castro)

Philippines: Typhoon leaves 13 missing, displaces thousands

Oct. 26, 2020 3:54 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A fast-moving typhoon blew away from the Philippines on Monday after leaving at least 13 people missing, forcing thousands of villagers to flee to safety and flooding rural villages, disaster-response officials said. The 13 people missing from Typhoon Molave included a dozen...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (Nicholas Kamm/Pool via AP)

US approves $1 billion in new arms sales to Taiwan

Oct. 21, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has approved the sale of more than a billion dollars worth of advanced weaponry for Taiwan in a move that will enrage China and further exacerbate tensions between Washington and Beijing that have are already heated over issues such as trade, Tibet, Hong Kong and...

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks to the media during a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Suga is on a four-day visit to Vietnam and Indonesia. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, Pool)

Japan PM pushes closer Southeast Asia ties in China counter

Oct. 21, 2020 2:49 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Japan's new prime minister pledged Wednesday to help Southeast Asian nations increase their maritime security capabilities, as he used his first overseas trip as leader to push his country's vision for greater international cooperation to counter China's influence in the region....

In this photo released by Indonesian Presidential Palace, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, left, and Indonesian President Joko Widodo listen to the national anthems during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Bogor West Java, Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020. (Laily Rachev/Indonesian Presidential Palace via AP)

Japan's PM, in Indonesia, says SE Asia key for his nation

Oct. 20, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, in Indonesia on his first overseas trip since taking office, expressed his backing Tuesday for Southeast Asian efforts toward achieving peace in the South China Sea, while promoting Japan's “free and open Indo-Pacific” concept...

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, center left, and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc, center right, visit the late President Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House in Hanoi, Vietnam, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Suga is on an official visit to Vietnam. (AP Photo/Minh Hoang, Pool)

Japan, Vietnam agree to boost defense ties, resume flights

Oct. 19, 2020 7:13 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam. (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, in his first overseas summit since taking office last month, agreed with his Vietnamese counterpart to step up defense and security cooperation in the face of China's expanding influence in the region. In talks in Hanoi on Monday, Suga and...

Philippines says it will defend oil search in disputed seas

Oct. 16, 2020 7:10 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines is ready to defend the oil and gas exploration it has decided to resume in its internationally recognized waters in the disputed South China Sea and will not cede that right to any nation, the energy chief said Friday. The Department of Energy announced Thursday...

Philippines lifts ban on South China Sea energy exploration

Oct. 15, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has approved the lifting of a ban on oil and gas exploration in or near disputed areas of the South China Sea that was imposed six years ago because of escalating territorial tensions with China, an official said Thursday. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi...