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US sending 2 warships to Japan to counter North Korea

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera participate in a joint news conference at the Japanese Ministry of Defense headquarters Sunday April 6, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Secretary Hagel announced that the U.S. is planning to forward-deploy two additional AEGIS ballistic missile defense ships to Japan by 2017. AP

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a two-pronged warning to Asia Pacific nations Sunday, announcing that the U.S. will send two additional ballistic missile destroyers to Japan to counter the North Korean threat, and saying China must better respect its neighbors.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

US strongly committed to protecting Japan

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to members of a travel press pool, Friday, April 4, 2014, en route to Tokyo, from Honolulu. Hagel is en route to Japan, China and Mongolia. (AP Photo/Alex Wong, Pool)

Against the backdrop of Russia’s takeover of Ukraine’s Crimean region, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday that a key message he will deliver to leaders in Tokyo this weekend is that the U.S. is strongly committed to protecting Japan’s security.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Afuang aflame: China flag burns over Ayungin incident

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BURN, BABY, BURN  Policeman-turned-politician Abner Afuang (left) torches the Chinese flag in a protest action Friday against the Asian giant’s latest “bullying” of the Philippine Navy in disputed, resource-rich waters that have long been established to be part of Philippine territory. MARICAR BRIZUELA

Preferring the torch over tact, retired policeman and former town mayor Abner Afuang set the Chinese flag on fire for the second time this year to denounce the reported harassment of a Philippine Navy vessel by the Chinese coast guard on Ayungin Shoal last week.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Metro,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Ship evades Chinese blockade

A China Coast Guard vessel attempts to block a Philippine government vessel as the latter tries to enter the  Ayungin Shoal to orate Philippine troops and resupply provisions Saturday, March 29, 2014. A Philippine government ship slipped past a Chinese coast guard blockade Saturday and brought food and fresh troops to a marooned navy ship used as a base by Filipino troops to bolster the country’s territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea. AP

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Philippine soldiers aboard a civilian vessel engaged on Saturday in a dramatic nearly two-hour standoff with Chinese Coast Guard ships near the disputed Ayungin (Second Thomas) Shoal claimed by both countries, an incident witnessed by journalists on board the Philippine vessel and a Philippine military plane circling the area.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

PH defies China warning

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Unfazed by threats of sanctions from China, the government yesterday said it was pursuing its case in the United Nations challenging Beijing’s claim to most of the South China Sea, including areas Manila says is part of Philippine territory.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Arms makers try to cash in as Asian disputes escalate

The Royal Australian Air Force roulettes acrobatic team perform an aerial display during the Singapore Airshow in Singapore on February 17, 2012.  Some 900 exhibiting companies from over 50 countries including 60 pf top 100 global aerospace companies participate in the event.   AFP PHOTO/ROSLAN RAHMAN

Asia’s top aerospace and defense show opens Tuesday in Singapore, with major global arms makers seeking to cash in on rising military spending in China and elsewhere as territorial disputes escalate in the region.

Posted: February 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Aquino: China’s rulers like Hitler

President Benigno Aquino III. AFP FILE PHOTO

President Aquino has warned China’s efforts to claim disputed territories are like Nazi Germany’s before World War II, drawing a fierce Chinese response on Wednesday branding him ignorant and amateurish.

Posted: February 6th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

China tightens air defense zone, warns foreign planes

The Senkaku islands, known as Diaoyu in China. AP  Photo

China said on Friday it had begun to issue warnings to foreign military planes entering its self-declared air defense zone over the East China Sea amid heightened tensions with its neighbors, especially Japan.

Posted: January 25th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Japan set to buy $240B worth of hi-tech weapons

Members of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force rappell down from a UH-60JA helicopter during the annual live-fire drill at the Higashi Fuji training range in Gotemba, southwest of Tokyo on Aug. 21, 2013. Japan’s new defense plan, approved on Tuesday Dec. 17, 2013, calls for the purchase of stealth fighters, drones and submarines as part of a splurge on military hardware that would beef up defense of far-flung islands amid a simmering territorial row with China.  AP PHOTO/KOJI SASAHARA

Japan announced on Tuesday that it would buy stealth fighters, drones and submarines as part of a splurge on military hardware that would beef up defense of far-flung islands amid a simmering territorial row with China.

Posted: December 18th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Japan seeks ASEAN backing on China with $20B pledge

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2nd L) raises a toast with Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (L) and members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) during a welcome dinner of the Japan-ASEAN commemorative summit hosted by Abe at his official residence in Tokyo on December 13, 2013. Japan will pledge 20 billion USD in aid to Southeast Asian countries at a 11-nation summit this weekend as it looks to shore-up ties in a region increasingly dominated by China, reports said on December 13. AFP

Japan pledged $20 billion in aid and loans to Southeast Asia on Saturday, in its latest charm offensive to woo global public opinion in a territorial dispute with China.

Posted: December 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

House bills seek revival of compulsory military training for college students

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Muntinlupa Representative Rodolfo Biazon. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

With tensions mounting over regional territorial disputes, some lawmakers have revived proposals to make the Reserve Officers Training Corps mandatory again for college students, so that the country would have a pool of capable officers to provide military service should the need arise.

Posted: November 30th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

US advises carriers to comply with China air zone

In this May 16, 2007 file photo, a B-52 passes overhead at the National Security Forum air demonstration at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. China said Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 it had monitored two unarmed U.S. bombers that flew over the East China Sea in defiance of Beijing's declaration it was exercising greater military control over the area. Tuesday's flight of the B-52 bombers underscored U.S. assertions that it will not comply with Chinese demands that aircraft flying through its newly declared maritime air defense zone identify themselves and accept Chinese instructions. (AP Photo/Montgomery Advertiser, Karen S. Doerr, File)

The United States advised US carriers to comply with China’s demand that it be told of any flights passing through its new maritime air defense zone over the East China Sea, an area where Beijing said it launched two fighter planes to investigate a dozen American and Japanese reconnaissance and military flights.

Posted: November 30th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

More US allies defy China

SINO CARRIER SAILS TOWARD WEST PHILIPPINE SEA     The first aircraft carrier of China is steaming toward the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) where it has disputes with the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan over islets and reefs believed to contain vast gas and oil deposits. Manila says the deployment of the carrier to the area raises tensions in the region.  AP/XINHUA

South Korean and Japanese flights through China’s new maritime air defense zone added to the international defiance Thursday of rules Beijing says it has imposed in East China Sea but that neighbors and the US have vowed to ignore.

Posted: November 29th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

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