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US and Philippines step up strategic partnership as China threats loom in South China Sea

Apr. 12, 2024 19:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday reassured the Philippines anew that the U.S. commitment to the country's defense is steadfast amid increasing concerns about provocative Chinese actions in disputed areas of the South China Sea. A day after President Joe Biden...

US, Japan and South Korea hold drills in disputed sea as Biden hosts leaders of Japan, Philippines

Apr. 12, 2024 05:47 AM EDT

ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (AP) — A U.S. carrier strike group led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt has held a two-day joint exercise with its allies Japan and South Korea as U.S. President Joe Biden met for talks with leaders from Japan and the Philippines at the White House. The military and...

Biden says US support for Philippines, Japan defense 'ironclad' amid growing China provocations

Apr. 11, 2024 19:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Thursday that U.S. defense commitment to Pacific allies was “ironclad” as he gathered Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the White House in the midst of growing concern about provocative Chinese...

US, Japan, Australia and the Philippines to stage military drills in disputed South China Sea

Apr. 06, 2024 03:51 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The United States, Japan, Australia and the Philippines will hold their first joint naval exercises, including anti-submarine warfare training, in a show of force Sunday in the South China Sea where Beijing’s aggressive actions to assert its territorial claims have...

Japan's Kishida, ahead of US trip, seeks stronger military ties with Washington and other partners

Apr. 05, 2024 14:31 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Friday he wants to strengthen military and weapons development cooperation with the United States as well as with other countries such as the Philippines, as he prepares for a visit to the U.S. next week to meet with President Joe Biden. ...

Philippine president warns of countermeasures in response to Chinese aggression at sea

Mar. 28, 2024 10:07 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president said Thursday that his government would take action against what he called dangerous attacks by the Chinese coast guard and suspected militia ships in the disputed South China Sea, saying “Filipinos do not yield.” Ferdinand...

Philippines lodges its 'strongest protest' against China over a water cannon assault in disputed sea

Mar. 25, 2024 08:21 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines lodged its “strongest protest” against Beijing on Monday and summoned a senior Chinese diplomat over a water cannon assault by the Chinese coast guard that injured Filipino navy crew members and heavily damaged their boat in the disputed South China...

Chinese coast guard hits Philippine boat with water cannons in disputed sea, causing injuries

Mar. 23, 2024 16:35 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Chinese coast guard ships hit a Philippine supply boat with water cannons Saturday in the latest confrontation near a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, causing injuries to its navy crew members and heavy damage to the wooden vessel, Philippine officials said. ...

Chinese coast guard ships attempt to block Philippine vessels carrying scientists in South China Sea

Mar. 22, 2024 06:51 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Chinese coast guard ships backed by a military helicopter attempted unsuccessfully to block two Philippine government vessels carrying scientists from reaching two sandbars in the disputed South China Sea, Philippine officials said Friday. Chinese coast...

Former Filipino congressman accused of masterminding a governor's murder is arrested in East Timor

Mar. 22, 2024 05:12 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A former Filipino congressman accused of masterminding the killings of a provincial governor and several others has been arrested in East Timor and will be deported to the Philippines, Philippine justice officials said Friday. Police arrested Arnolfo...