Vice President Kamala Harris vows support to Vietnam in several key areas including enhancement of its maritime security in bid to counter China's influence as events in Afghanistan cast doubts on US claims of reliability.
US Vice President Kamala Harris is in Singapore for the first working day of her trip to Southeast Asia which aims to convince leaders in Singapore and Vietnam that Washington’s commitment to Southeast Asia is firm and not a parallel to Afghanistan.
The defence agreement between Washington and Manila is a key component of their decades-long alliance and it is also seen as a bulwark against China's growing clout in the South China Sea.
Tensions between Manila and Beijing over the waterway, which China claims almost entirely, flared in March after hundreds of Chinese boats were spotted inside Philippines Exclusive Economic Zone.
Political and military tensions continue to escalate across the Indo-Pacific region due to China’s increasing regional clout and its economic expansion.
Philippine defence chief Delfin Lorenzana says the vessels are manned by militias and their presence is a "provocative action of militarising the area."
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin are in Japan and issues on agenda range from solidifying Asian alliances against China to North Korean nuclear issue and a military coup in Myanmar.
US President Joe Biden hosted his first multilateral meeting since taking office, indicating the importance he attaches to the loose group.
New Coast Guard Law authorises navy to demolish other countries' structures built on reefs and islands claimed by China and to seize or use weapons against foreign vessels illegally entering its territorial waters.
Caught between a pacifist constitution and a rapidly ageing demographic, Japan’s efforts to build military deterrence against China don’t bode well for its future.
Taipei says it has sent six warships and eight air force aircraft to "stand guard" and monitor the Chinese ships that passed the island on their way to drills in the South China Sea.
The question of who owns the oil-rich Sabah state resurfaced with the recent deportation of its Filipino residents.
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