MANILA, Philippines—The new United States commander of the Pacific Fleet has guaranteed partners/allies that American forces are very much ready, well-equipped  and prepared to react to any possibility in the South China Sea, where long-fuming territorial disputes have set off far reaching vulnerabilities. Admiral Scott Swift said Friday that the Navy may convey more than the […]

The Philippines will station a squadron of new fighter jets and two frigates at the former U.S. naval facility in Subic Bay from early next year, officials said. The first time in 23 years this former US facility worked as a former military installation. The full squadron of FA-50s would eventually be based at Subic, and in addition […]

United States Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy is currently cruising to the Philippines for its third Pacific Partnership 2015 (PP15) mission. Pacific Partnership, a yearly engagement, is in its tenth cycle and is the biggest yearly multilateral compassionate and  humanitarian assistance and disaster relief readiness mission directed in the Indo-Asia-Pacific area, the US Navy said. Mission […]

‪TOKYO‬ — ‪‎Japan‬ parliamentary board of trustees supports bill to permit nation’s ‪troops‬ to ‪fight‬ abroad. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asserted that the bills are key for Tokyo’s new difficulties in the region, such as an aggressive and bullied country like China. The disliked enactment was made after Abe’s Cabinet embraced another security arrangement a year […]

The Philippines Navy said Wednesday it was repairing a disintegrating ship serving as its desolate station in the disputed South China Sea as China conveys more vessels and fabricates new islands close-by. Philippine Navy representative Colonel Edgardo Arevalo said that this would guarantee the rust-eaten World War II-vintage BRP Sierra Madre stays reasonable for a […]

Two United States warships have fulfilled their patrol in the West Philippine Sea, the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet said Tuesday. The heavily armed vessel littoral battle ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) and guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) has led joint patrol activities, and also joint flight operations with their MH-60R Seahawk helicopters. “Our […]

The Hague, Netherlands — The United Nations (UN) tribunal has given China another opportunity to react to the arbitration case filed by the Philippines over the West Philippine Sea dispute in spite of Beijing’s rehashed refusal to take part in the proceedings. “The Arbitral Tribunal has chosen to give China the chance to comment in writing, […]

MANILA, Philippines - Filipino netizens are asking innovation Google giant to expel from its maps service a Chinese reference to the disputed Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea. A Change.Org appeal said Google Maps has recognized the shore, situated off the shoreline of Zambales, as part of of China’s Zhongsha Islands – a gathering […]

Beijing, China — As part of its larger reform effort to modernize and transform its military into a technologically sophisticated force, the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) has implemented a recruitment strategy and a number of measures aimed at training up a “new-type” officer and soldier for its modernized forces which will be used as a reinforcement […]

SHANGHAI - Chinese stocks again plunged on Wednesday, as the nation’s securities regulator cautioned investors were in the grasp of “panic sentiment” and the market hinted at solidifying up as companies mixed to get away from the defeat by having their shares suspended. Beijing, which has battled for over a week to twist the market to its […]

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