Lorenzana, Pentagon chief discuss massing of Chinese maritime militia in Julian Felipe Reef

National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and United States Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin II talked via telephone on April 10. Among the topics discussed was the situation in the South China Sea and the recent massing of People’s Republic of China (PRC) maritime militia vessels at Julian Felipe Reef (Whitsun Reef) in West Philippine Sea. “Secretary Austin reiterated the U.S. commitment to maintaining a […]

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PHL raises WPS concerns, pushes for equitable access to vaccines in ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting

Acting Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Bilateral Relations and ASEAN Affairs and Philippine ASEAN SOM Leader Elizabeth P. Buensuceso underscored the Philippines’ commitment towards progress in the Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea negotiations between ASEAN Member States and China, urging all parties to adhere to the rule of law and exercise self-restraint […]

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Theodore Roosevelt CSG, Makin Island ARG join forces in South China Sea

United States Navy Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) and the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) joined forces in the South China Sea to conduct Expeditionary Strike Force operations April 9. Ships and aircraft from both strike groups coordinated operations in international waters and conducted multi-domain naval integration exercises in support of a free […]

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