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US, Philippine forces hold combat drills to brace for crisis

Oct. 03, 2022 01:11 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — More than 2,500 U.S. and Philippine marines joined combat exercises Monday to be able to respond to any sudden crisis in a region long on tenterhooks over South China Sea territorial disputes and increasing tensions over Taiwan. The annual military drills...

Typhoon heroes: 5 Filipino rescuers drown in flooded village

Sep. 26, 2022 08:51 AM EDT

SAN MIGUEL, Philippines (AP) — Typhoon Noru left a trail of destruction in northern Philippine provinces on Monday with at least eight people dead, including a group of rescuers who were scrambling to save villagers trapped in floodwaters, officials said. Five government rescuers...

Powerful typhoon hits north Philippines, thousands evacuated

Sep. 25, 2022 08:20 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A powerful typhoon slammed into the northeastern Philippines on Sunday and was barreling across the main Luzon island toward the capital in a densely populated path where thousands have been evacuated to safety. Typhoon Noru hit the coastal town of...

China using civilian ships to enhance navy capability, reach

Sep. 24, 2022 04:44 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Chinese scientific ship bristling with surveillance equipment docked in a Sri Lankan port. Hundreds of fishing boats anchored for months at a time among disputed islands in the South China Sea. And ocean-going ferries, built to be capable of carrying heavy vehicles and large...

Biden seeks closer ties with Philippines after 'rocky' past

Sep. 22, 2022 14:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden pledged on Thursday in his first face-to-face meeting with new Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to work to strengthen relations with the Pacific nation after what he said had been some “rocky times” in the past. Meeting on the...

No sighting in northern Philippines of Chinese rocket debris

Sep. 15, 2022 04:55 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials have warned of possible danger to aircraft and ships from debris from a new Chinese rocket launch that might fall in northern Philippine waters, authorities said Thursday, adding no debris has been sighted so far. The Philippine Space...

Navy says Australia not deterred by China shadowing warships

Sep. 08, 2022 20:33 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Chinese navy’s “unusual behavior” in shadowing Australian warships in the South China Sea had not deterred operations in the contested waters, Australia’s navy chief said. Vice Admiral Mark Hammond said the “odd” Chinese tactics had not...

Chinese province plans ban on sale of gasoline cars

Aug. 24, 2022 01:57 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Hainan island in the South China Sea says it will become China's first region to ban sales of gasoline- and diesel-powered cars to curb climate-changing carbon emissions. Sales of fossil fuel-powered cars will be banned by 2030 and electric vehicles promoted with tax...

China's response to Pelosi visit a sign of future intentions

Aug. 19, 2022 00:09 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — China's response to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan was anything but subtle — dispatching warships and military aircraft to all sides of the self-governing island democracy, and firing ballistic missiles into the waters nearby. The dust has still...

US, Indonesia, Australia hold drills amid China concerns

Aug. 12, 2022 07:22 AM EDT

BATURAJA, Indonesia (AP) — Soldiers from the U.S., Indonesia and Australia joined a live-fire drill on Friday, part of annual joint combat exercises on Sumatra island amid growing Chinese maritime activity in the Indo-Pacific region. A total of more than 5,000 personnel from the...