Vessels from the Philippine and Chinese coastguards take part in a joint search and rescue exercise. Photo: AFP
Richard Heydarian
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Richard Heydarian

Philippines’ new ‘maritime tsar’ keen to promote ties with China

  • New coastguard chief Joel Sarsiban Garcia has openly called for more cooperative relations with Beijing
  • Coastguard has emerged as a kingmaker, mediating between the seemingly contradictory positions of the Beijing-friendly civilian government and the US-trained armed forces

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Vessels from the Philippine and Chinese coastguards take part in a joint search and rescue exercise. Photo: AFP
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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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