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Chinese, Vietnamese Defense Ministers Agree to Set up Naval Hotline

China's new defense minister, Dong Jun, wrapped up a two-day visit to Vietnam on Friday, his first trip overseas since taking office, during which he held talks with Vietnam's Defense Minister, Phan Văn Giang. The two met on Thursday and Friday 

Beijing Says U.S., Japan ‘Smeared and Attacked’ China at Summit

Beijing said on Thursday that the United States and Japan had "smeared and attacked" China during a Washington summit. At the summit, U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida unveiled their countries' biggest upgrade in defense ties. Biden ...

Biden Vows ‘Ironclad’ Defense of Philippines, Japan as China Tension Mounts

By Danny Kemp U.S. President Joe Biden pledged Thursday to defend the Philippines from any attack in the South China Sea, as he hosted the first joint summit with Tokyo and Manila amid growing tensions with Beijing.

Domestic Chinese Media Narratives About the ‘Spiraling’ South China Sea Crisis Warn About Sinking Into a ‘Black Hole’

There's been a discernible change in tone in the Chinese domestic media discourse about escalating tensions in the South China Sea. Until now, much of the narrative set by both state and Communist Party-run media outlets has focused on the Philippines ...

China Will Be the Focus of a Landmark Leaders Summit in Washington Between the U.S., Philippines, and Japan

Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. landed Wednesday night at a U.S. military base outside Washington, D.C., ahead of a first-ever summit with U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. The increasingly contentious stand-off with China over territorial disputes ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Joint Battlefield Training to Raise Pressure in South China Sea

The U.S. military will reportedly introduce joint combat training with the Philippines in June. Major General Marcus Evans, commander of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, told the Associated Press that the training would increase the Philippine army’s ability to fight in challenging jungle conditions.
The training will run from June 1 to 10. At Manila’s request, the training will be held in Philippine territory for the first time. It will involve about 2,000 people ...

U.S. Promises More Joint Patrols in the South China Sea While the PLA Boosts “War Preparation”

The United States and China both sent strong signals to one another that neither side has any plans to back down from their increasingly contentious duel in the South China Sea. In Washington, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan briefed the media ...

Haunting Video of China Coast Guard Ship Stalking Malaysian Fishermen

A video of a China Coast Guard ship stalking a small Malaysian fishing craft went viral on Tuesday on both Facebook and X. The undated video was purportedly shot within Malaysia's exclusive economic zone near Terumbu Sahap in South Luconia Shoals, ...

U.S. Says ‘Very, Very Concerned’ About Chinese Actions in Disputed Sea

The top U.S. military officer in the Pacific on Tuesday said Washington was "very, very concerned" about Beijing's recent "dangerous" actions in the disputed South China Sea, after confrontations with Philippine vessels. Speaking in Sydney, United States Indo-Pacific Command head Admiral ...

Biden Welcomes Japan PM for State Visit With Eye on China

By Danny KEMP U.S. President Joe Biden welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to the White House on Tuesday, kicking off a state visit that included a major upgrade in defense ties against a resurgent China.

Joint Battlefield Training to Raise Pressure in South China Sea

The U.S. military will reportedly introduce joint combat training with the Philippines in June. Major General Marcus Evans, commander of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, told the Associated Press that the training would increase the Philippine army’s ability to fight in challenging jungle conditions.
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