BEIJING — China’s new president Xi Jinping told the country’s military to improve its ability to “win battles” in his first speech as head of state, as Beijing is embroiled in a bitter territorial row with Japan. The People’s Liberation Army is the world’s largest standing military and Xi told China’s parliament that all [...]
TOKYO—Tokyo summoned China’s envoy Tuesday in protest after what it says was another incursion into its territorial waters around islands at the centre of a bitter dispute with Beijing.
By Charlie C. Señase
The military is taking the lead role in securing an assembly of Moro rebel leaders and their followers that a Moro rebel leader said would be attended by up to 500,000 people.
By Norman Bordadora
Saying the Scarborough Shoal has already suffered some ecological damage, President Benigno Aquino III on Monday welcomed China’s declaration of a fishing ban in most of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and indicated that Filipino fishermen would be also asked to refrain from fishing in the contentious territory.
BEIJING, China — China’s first aircraft carrier started sea trials Wednesday, a step that will likely boost concerns about the country’s naval ambitions amid ongoing disputes with its neighbors over territorial waters. The carrier left Dalian port in northeast Liaoning province early Wednesday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The test run had been expected. [...]
America’s top military officer held talks with his Chinese counterpart Monday amid rising tensions in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) that Washington fears could spiral dangerously out of control.
By Jerry E. Esplanada
MANILA, Philippines—A militant group believes Albay Gov. Joey Salceda needs a “major, major reality check” for calling on Filipinos to boycott Chinese products to protest Beijing’s “bullying” in connection with the Spratlys dispute. For his part, a senior Philippine diplomat said they were not endorsing Salceda’s proposal. “Neither do we object to it as it [...]
By Norman Bordadora
Just days after officially adopting the tag “West Philippine Sea,” instead of South China Sea, to refer to the waters west of the country where the Philippines has overlapping territorial claims with five other nations, the Philippine government particularly Malacañang has started to refer to the Reed Bank as Recto Bank, named after Claro M. Recto, a Filipino nationalist.