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South China Sea

Philippines says incursion by nearly 300 Chinese boats in its EEZ

The Philippines on Wednesday reported what it said were incursions into its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) by 287 Chinese maritime militia vessels.   “This incident along with continued illegal incursions of foreign vessels sighted near Philippine-held islands have been submitted to relevant agencies for the possible diplomatic actions,” the task force…

US-Philippines discuss apprehensions over China’s ships

Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin on Saturday discussed with his Philippine counterpart China’s recent positioning of “militia vessels” near the Philippines in the South China Sea.  Austin spoke to Philippine’s Secretary of National Defence Delfin Lorenzana on phone while Austin was flying from Washington to Israel to begin an international trip. Pentagon press secretary…