Philippine and U.S. negotiators reached agreement on key points of a pact to boost the American troop presence as the Southeast Asian nation seeks to counter China’s push for control of disputed South China Sea territory.
Taiwan should use trade talks with the U.S. to prove its commitment to economic reforms needed for entry to the broader Trans-Pacific Partnership before seeking to join that pact, said the U.S.’s unofficial envoy to the island.
Indonesia is seeking clarity on China’s intent behind its maritime claims in the South China Sea to avoid the risk of miscalculations in a zone rich in natural gas, Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said.
The disappearance of Malaysian Airline System Bhd.’s Flight 370 has galvanized a multinational search, spawned theories ranging from an accident to air piracy and repeatedly dashed hopes that a resolution was at hand.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met Chinese President Xi Jinping today to push for better military ties, a day after his being told by his counterpart in Beijing that China won’t be contained by the U.S.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel meets Chinese President Xi Jinping today after being told the U.S. refocus to Asia won’t contain China or affect its claims to territory and resources disputed with American allies.
Southeast Asian nations are progressing with China on a code of conduct for the contested South China Sea, with overcoming issues of sovereignty the “holy grail” of such a charter, Singapore’s Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said.