US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper and his Philippine counterpart Delfin Lorenzana. Photo: Reuters

US to boost military alliance with Philippines as South China Sea tensions grow

  • US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said the US would continue to conduct freedom-of-navigation operations in the South China Sea
  • He stressed that such acts send a clear message that all countries should abide by international laws
Topic |   South China Sea

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US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper and his Philippine counterpart Delfin Lorenzana. Photo: Reuters
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US Defense Secretary Mark Esper and South Korean Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo in Seoul on November 15. Photo: AP

Beijing’s South China Sea stance and US ‘truancy’ set to headline Asean defence meeting

  • US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper and Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe will meet in Bangkok with ministers from the 10-member Asean bloc and six other countries
  • Tensions between Vietnam and China over territorial disputes rose ahead of this weekend’s Asean Defence Ministers Meeting Plus, creating a potential flashpoint
Topic |   Asean

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US Defense Secretary Mark Esper and South Korean Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo in Seoul on November 15. Photo: AP
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