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    Hong Kong (CNN)Speaking in Beijing's Great Hall of the People during his first state visit to China in 2016, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte heralded a bold new era in his country's foreign policy: "America has lost now," he said. "I've realigned myself in your ideological flow."While Duterte later clarified that he was not planning to sever ties with the United States -- a treaty ally and longstanding diplomatic partner -- he continued to threaten to downgrade the relationship while pivoting to China, despite a simmering territorial dispute with Beijing.Now, with the election to decide Duterte's successor days away, analysts say there is an opportunity for a reset of the Philippines' relationships with both major powers -- and its outcome could shift the balance of power in Asia.How that shapes up may come down to the aims of current presidential frontrunner Ferdinand Marcos Jr. -- the son and namesake of the Philippines' late deposed dictator -- who is widely seen as more friendly to China than his nearest rival Leni Robredo, the sitting vice president. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes...
    China sent 39 warplanes - mostly fighter jets - into Taiwan's air defense zone on Sunday, the island's government said, in the second-largest daily incursion on record. Taiwan lives under the constant threat of invasion by China, which sees the self-ruled, democratic island as part of its territory to eventually be reclaimed, by force if necessary. The final quarter of 2021 saw a massive spike of incursions from China into Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ), with the biggest single day coming on October 4, when 56 Chinese warplanes entered the zone. The island's defense ministry said late Sunday it saw 39 warplanes from China enter Taiwan's ADIZ - the second-largest number of incursions on record, which is shared with October 2 last year. Chinese military personnel stand near a Chinese military's J-10C airplane. China flew 39 warplanes including J-10 fighter jets toward Taiwan in its largest such sortie of the new year, continuing a pattern that the island has answered by scrambling its own jets in response Ten US Navy ships, including aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson and USS...
    A team from Caladan Oceanic went hunting for in the Philippine Sea for the USS Johnston, a World War II ship that sank in 1944, when they came across something even more amazing - an world's deepest-dwelling squid. More than 20,000 feet below the surface, the two explorers inside the submarine captured a shadow trailing along the seafloor and a later investigation proved it was a young bigfin squid. The squid, which featured long slender terminal arms and tentacle filaments, is the first to be observed at hadal depths that represents that deepest marine habitats on Earth. The last time a bigfin squid was seen by human eyes was in 2014, but this specimen was just 15,400 feet below the surface. Scroll down for video  More than 20,000 feet below the surface, the two explorers inside the submarine captured a shadow (pictured) trailing along the seafloor and a later investigation proved it was a young bigfin squid Bigfin squid – or Magnapinna – are known for their long arms and tentacles and can measure up to 22 feet in length,...
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in April, 2019 in Beijing, China.Kenzaburo Fukuhara | Kyodo News | Getty Images More than five years on, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's Beijing-friendly postures have not tamed China's aggression in the disputed South China Sea — and the next Philippine leader should be bolder in challenging Beijing, said a political and risk analyst. The Philippines will hold general elections to vote for a new president in May as Duterte's six-year term comes to an end. Duterte has sought closer ties with Beijing and declared that he was willing to set aside his country's territorial contest with China in the South China Sea.   China and its Southeast Asian neighbors including the Philippines have been embroiled in territorial disputes in the South China Sea for decades. China claims almost the entire waterway. In the last few years, China built artificial islands in the sea, while Chinese fishing fleets and maritime militia vessels swarmed areas internationally recognized as belonging to other countries.     "The most favorable scenario for the Philippines would be...
    Hong Kong (CNN)The Philippines is restoring a military agreement with the United States that makes it easier for US forces to move in and out the country and signals to China a renewed commitment to the 70-year-old US-Philippine alliance.Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced the restoration of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) in a joint news conference in Manila on Friday. The VFA, originally signed in 1988, gives US military aircraft and vessels free entry into the Philippines and relaxes visa restrictions for US military personnel. It is seen as important to Washington being able to act to protect the Philippines under the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty between the two nations.Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte had previously vowed to terminate the agreement, but had repeatedly pushed back the expiration date, Reuters reported, maintaining it until the end of the year.Austin welcomed Duterte's decision to reverse course, thanking the President for his decision to fully restore the agreement. "A strong, resilient US-Philippines alliance will remain vital to the security, stability and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific," Austin...
    Chinese fishing boats set sail into the South China Sea, here seen on August 16, 2020.VCG | Visual China Group | Getty Images The Philippines has drastically stepped up its patrols in the South China Sea recently, and came into closer contact with the China Coast Guard, according to ship tracking data. Between March 1 to May 25, 13 law enforcement or military vessels from the Philippines visited waters around the contested Spratly Islands and Scarborough Shoal at least 57 times, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) said in note this week. "This was a substantial increase over the previous 10 months … when 3 vessels were tracked making 7 total visits to contested features," the report said. It pointed out that this boost in patrols is "beyond anything seen in recent years" from the Philippines. The South China Sea has been a regional flashpoint in Asia, involving territorial disputes between some countries and China. The Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam are among the countries that lay claim to parts of the waterway, but China sees much of the area —...
    The Chinese Foreign Ministry interrupted its five-day “May Day” holiday on Tuesday to condemn Philippines Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin for telling China to “get the fuck out” of Philippine territories in the South China Sea during a weekend Twitter tirade. China has posted hundreds of ships – Beijing claims they are fishing vessels, but Manila insists there is evidence to believe they are maritime militia vessels – near Julian Felipe Reef, a Philippine territory, since March. China insists they are present in Chinese sovereign waters and has refused to move them. President Rodrigo Duterte has made flippant comments about involving the United States in war with China over the latter’s illegal claims in the South China Sea but has taken no major measures to reclaim the area. Duterte has authorized, however, maritime patrols meant to assert sovereignty over the region. China claims that it is sovereign over nearly the entire South China Sea. Territories belonging to the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Brunei appear within China’s “five-dash line,” allegedly detailing Chinese territory. In 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration...
    PHILIPPINE foreign secretary compared China to an "ugly oaf" and asked Beijing to " get the F*** out" of the South China Sea in a fiery tweet. Teodoro Locsin Jr. took it to Twitter to slam China and suggest the moving of its vessels out of disputed waters amid tensions between the two countries. 4Teodoro Locsin Jr. slammed China on a tweetCredit: AP 4Credit: Twitter His comments come after Manila's protests of the "illegal" presence of Chinese coast guard vessels in the Philippines territorial waters. "China, my friend, how politely can I put it? Let me see… O…GET THE F--- OUT," he tweeted. "What are you doing to our friendship? You. Not us. We're trying. You. You're like an ugly oaf forcing your attentions on a handsome guy who wants to be a friend; not to father a Chinese province…," he added. In response to Twitter users who criticised his tweet he said "usual suave diplomatic speak gets nothing done;" His tweet was followed by a statement of the Philippine foreign ministry accusing the Chinese coast...
    The Philippines foreign minister has warned Beijing to 'get the f*** out' of a disputed area of the South China Sea amid an escalating war of words between the countries. Teddy Locsin Jr sent the expletive message on Monday as the Philippines foreign ministry complained that Chinese coast guard vessels have been harassing their own ships near a disputed island in the sea. 'China, my friend, how politely can I put it? Let me see... GET THE FUCK OUT,' Locsin said in a tweet from his personal account.   'What are you doing to our friendship? You. Not us. We're trying. You. You're like an ugly oaf forcing your attentions on a handsome guy who wants to be a friend; not to father a Chinese province...', Locsin said. Teddy Locsin Jr, the foreign minister of the Philippines, has told China to 'GET THE F*** OUT' of the South China Sea in an angry tweet Locsin sent the message amid reports that Chinese coast guard had been harassing Filipino vessels near a dispute island called Scarborough Shoal Asked about his use...
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in April, 2019 in Beijing, China.Kenzaburo Fukuhara | Kyodo News | Getty Images SINGAPORE — After more than four years in power, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is still struggling to show that his country has benefited from a closer alliance with China. In a dramatic shift in the Philippines' foreign policy, Duterte declared in 2016 the country's "separation" from the U.S. — a military ally — and announced closer ties with China. Among other things, the president also set aside his country's territorial dispute with Beijing in the South China Sea, in exchange for billions of dollars that China pledged in infrastructure investments. But much of those promised investments have not materialized and many of those projects were delayed or shelved, while anti-Chinese rhetoric has been growing louder within Duterte's own government and among the Philippine public.So on all counts, Duterte is increasingly accused of having abased himself before Beijing and gotten nothing for it.Greg PolingCenter for Strategic and International Studies"China has launched just two of the pledged infrastructure projects — a bridge...
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine coast guard was searching on Monday for 14 people missing since a fishing boat and cargo vessel collided in choppy waters two nights earlier. It was not immediately clear if the fishing boat sank and the search for its occupants was being hampered by strong waves, officials said. The Philippine coast guard said the cargo vessel MV Vienna Wood collided with the FV Liberty 5 for unclear reasons after midnight in the early morning hours of Sunday about 27 kilometers (17 miles) off Mamburao town in Mindoro Occidental province south of the capital, Manila. A coast guard light plane and a helicopter joined the search Monday for the 12 fishermen and two passengers on board the Liberty 5, coast guard spokesman Armando Balilo said. The fishing boat had been heading for metropolitan Manila when the collision happened. The Hong Kong-flagged cargo vessel, which first reported the collision, was being escorted by a Philippine coast guard vessel to nearby Batangas province, the coast guard said. The vessel with 20 crew on board was...
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