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Philippines seeks UN confirmation of its vast continental seabed in the disputed South China Sea

Jun. 15, 2024 07:06 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has asked a United Nations body to formally recognize the extent of its undersea continental seabed in the South China Sea, where it would have the exclusive right to exploit resources, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Saturday, in a move that...

Swedish defense chief says actions against Philippines in South China Sea threaten global security

Jun. 07, 2024 07:02 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Sweden’s defense chief has expressed alarm over Beijing’s repeated dangerous maneuvers against Philippine vessels in the South China Sea, saying such actions threaten global security, undermine stability and underscore the need to invest “for our security and...

Zelenskyy in Manila to promote peace summit, which he says China and Russia are trying to undermine

Jun. 03, 2024 11:46 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with the Philippine president on Monday in a rare Asian trip to urge regional leaders to attend a Swiss-organized global peace summit on the war in Ukraine that he accuses Russia, with China’s help, of trying to undermine. ...

Global aid group asks warring forces to respect its neutrality with 24 of its aid workers killed

May. 30, 2024 20:06 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies asked state forces and combatants Thursday to respect its neutrality and work of delivering humanitarian help to the most destitute in war and other high-risk zones, saying 24 of its aid workers had...

Typhoon leaves at least seven people dead and thousands displaced in the Philippines

May. 28, 2024 05:30 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A typhoon has finally moved away from the Philippines, leaving at least seven people dead, mostly due to floods or toppled trees, and forcing the closures of several seaports, stranding thousands of passengers, officials said Tuesday. Typhoon Ewiniar...

Philippines blames China for loss of giant clams in disputed shoal and urges environmental inquiry

May. 20, 2024 21:49 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines blamed Chinese fishermen on Monday for a massive loss of giant clams in a disputed shoal controlled by China's coast guard in the South China Sea and urged an international inquiry into the amount of environmental damage in the area. The...

Filipino activists decide not to sail closer to disputed shoal, avoiding clash with Chinese ships

May. 16, 2024 01:44 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — About 100 Filipino activists on wooden boats have decided not to sail closer to a fiercely disputed shoal in the South China Sea on Thursday to avoid a confrontation with dozens of Chinese coast guard and suspected militia ships guarding the area. ...

Chinese coast guard shadows Filipino activists sailing toward disputed shoal

May. 15, 2024 10:41 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Chinese coast guard ships shadowed a group of Filipino activists and fishermen sailing on wooden boats toward a disputed shoal in the South China Sea which Beijing has fiercely guarded from what it regards as intruders. The Philippine coast guard deployed...

Top Philippine security official demands Chinese diplomats' expulsion as territorial row escalates

May. 10, 2024 09:38 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A top Philippine security official demanded Friday the immediate expulsion of Chinese diplomats allegedly behind a reported leak of a phone conversation between one of the diplomats and a Filipino admiral about South China Sea disputes that have strained diplomatic...

France and the Philippines to start talks on a `visiting forces agreement,' French envoy says

Apr. 26, 2024 04:03 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — France and the Philippines will begin talks next month on a defense pact that would allow troops from each country to hold exercises in the other’s territory, the French ambassador said Thursday. French and Philippine officials will meet in Paris next...