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Vietnam says it's ready to hold talks with Philippines on overlapping continental shelf claims

Jun. 21, 2024 06:16 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam is ready to hold talks with the Philippines to settle their overlapping claims to the undersea continental shelf in the South China Sea, official Vietnamese media said Friday, in a diplomatic approach that contrasts with China’s increasingly assertive actions to...

Politician who pushed Philippines natural gas boom is behind firm that planned to profit

Jun. 20, 2024 21:19 PM EDT

BATANGAS, Philippines (AP) — An influential politician in the Philippines, who has been a cheerleader for natural gas power, is behind a company that planned to make a fortune from it, an Associated Press investigation of thousands of pages of documents has found. Gov. Hermilando...

Mutual defense pact between North Korea and Russia raises new questions, but it's far from unique

Jun. 20, 2024 06:13 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A new mutual-defense pact signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un commits each country to come to the other's aid if attacked. Just what the threshold for such assistance would be is currently unclear -- maybe deliberately so,...

Philippines demands China return rifles and pay for boat damage after hostilities in disputed sea

Jun. 19, 2024 21:40 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military chief demanded Wednesday that China return several rifles and equipment seized by the Chinese coast guard in a disputed shoal and pay for damages in an assault he likened to an act of piracy in the South China Sea. Chinese...

Philippine Vice President Sara Duterte resigning from posts in Marcos' Cabinet as alliance flounders

Jun. 19, 2024 21:03 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine Vice President Sara Duterte is resigning from her posts of education secretary and head of an anti-insurgency body, as her whirlwind alliance with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. unraveled over key differences, including efforts to arrest a religious leader...

Philippine officials say Chinese forces seized 2 navy boats in disputed shoal, injuring sailors

Jun. 18, 2024 10:07 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Chinese forces seized two Philippine rubber boats that were delivering food and other supplies to a military outpost in a disputed South China Sea shoal in a tense confrontation in which some Filipino navy personnel were injured, Philippine security officials said...

China blames Philippines for ship collision in South China Sea. Manila calls the report deceptive

Jun. 17, 2024 09:16 AM EDT

TAIPEI (AP) — A Chinese vessel and a Philippine supply ship collided near the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Monday, China’s coast guard said, in the latest flare-up of escalating territorial disputes that have sparked alarm. The coast guard said a Philippine...

Chinese and Philippine ship collision just the latest in a string of South China Sea confrontations

Jun. 17, 2024 06:23 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — China has been at odds with many other countries in the Asia-Pacific for years over its sweeping maritime claims, including almost all of the South China Sea, a strategic and resource-rich waterway around which Beijing has drawn a 10-dash-line on official maps to...

US military targets Houthi radar sites in Yemen after a merchant sailor goes missing

Jun. 16, 2024 00:31 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. military unleashed a wave of attacks targeting radar sites operated by Yemen’s Houthi rebels after one merchant sailor went missing and the vessel he was on caught fire in the latest Houthi strike on shipping in the crucial Red Sea corridor,...

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...