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Duterte Reaches out to U.S. Amid South China Sea Harassment

By Noel Tarrazona 2017-10-03 20:24:09

As reports that Chinese vessels are increasing in number near Pag-asa (Thitu) Island in the South China Sea, Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte has hinted at a possible reconciliation with the U.S. Duterte made a surprise announcement  that he wanted to...

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Australia, Japan and India Look to South China Sea

By Noel Tarrazona 2017-09-26 01:06:19

Three major countries in the Asia Pacific region are expected to continue to make their naval presence felt in the South China Sea amid the Philippine’s softening sovereignty stance in the disputed waters.  Australia, Japan and India are all making...

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Coast Guard Leaders to Collaborate on Piracy and Pollution

By Noel Tarrazona 2017-09-19 19:58:45

Coast Guard officers from over 30 countries agreed to establish inter-regional collaborations to address the rising threats of piracy and marine pollution during the Coast Guard Global Summit held in Tokyo last week.   The U.S., Canada, South Korea, China Vietnam,...

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Japan and UNODC Join Asian Piracy Battle

By Noel Tarrazona 2017-09-07 03:30:40

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is joining several countries in Asia to battle ISIS-inspired pirates in the Sulu and Celebes seas. This development came when UNODC and Japan forged a new partnership in Vienna to develop...

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South Korea Targets Southeast Asian Cruisers

By Noel Tarrazona 2017-09-02 18:02:03

The South Korean government has laid out strategies for attracting cruise tourists from Southeast Asia. Oceans Minister Kim Young-Choon announced that the government aims to have three million cruise tourists by 2020, and Southeast Asia, as one of the world’s...

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Fuel Smuggling: Libya Detains 20 Filipinos

By Noel Tarrazona 2017-08-30 20:37:57

The Philippine government has instructed its embassy in Libya to “exert all efforts” to secure the immediate release of the 20 Filipino seafarers who are presently detained on the suspicion that they were trying to smuggle six million liters (1.6...

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Filipino Judge Calls for Action in South China Sea

By Noel Tarrazona 2017-08-26 11:36:15

Shortly after ASEAN and China agreed to adopt the South China Sea Maritime Code of Conduct to diffuse violent confrontations, a Filipino judge has accused China of invading Philippine maritime territory. The accusation is that China has deployed ships...

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Trump Put to the Test in Asia Pacific

By Noel Tarrazona 2017-08-13 22:53:12

The U.S. is positioning itself to respond to two of its toughest maritime challenges in the Asia Pacific region, and many view maritime tensions in the region as a critical test of President Donald Trump’s leadership.

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ASEAN, China Adopt Framework for Maritime Code of Conduct

By Noel Tarrazona 2017-08-09 18:14:59

China and the ASEAN nations have adopted a framework for a code of conduct in the South China Sea designed to help diffuse tensions in the disputed maritime territory.  The framework is the product of a series of dialogues between...

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China Woos ASEAN to Resolve Disputed Sea Without Outsiders

By Noel Tarrazona 2017-07-30 00:35:28

The Chinese government has called on Southeast Asian countries to prevent non-Asian countries from intervening in the resolution of territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was in Manila last week to discuss the framework...

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