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China Coast Guard Deploys “Monster” Vessel to Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone

On May 24th, the China Coast Guard (CCG) vessel, a Zhaotou-class patrol cutter called the Haijing-5901, briefly entered the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and sailed near Scarborough Shoal. Another, smaller CCG vessel also accompanied the Zhaotou-class vessel during the intrusion. The Zhaotou-class vessel is notable because it is the largest coast guard ship in the world. May 24th Intrusion...

Swedish Defense Minister Travels to Philippines for Fighter Sale

The Swedish Defense Minister (DM), Pål Jonson, is set to travel to the Philippines to discuss the possible sale of JAS-39 Gripen fighter aircraft to Manila as part of a larger three-country visit in the Indo-Pacific region from May 31st to June 5th. Sweden and the Philippines have also signed an Implementing Arrangement on Procurement of Defense Materiel and Equipment on May 17th,...

Philippines to Open Coast Guard Base 93 Miles from Taiwan

On May 24, the Philippine Coast Guard opened a monitoring base on Itbayat Island, the Philippines's northernmost inhabited island, according to the Philippines National Security Advisor Eduardo Ano. The Coast Guard base is only 93 miles (150 kilometers) away from the Taiwanese mainland.  This announcement comes as the armed forces of China engaged in military drills surrounding Taiwan. The drills,...

Philippine Mayor Questioned Over Allegations She is A Chinese Spy

On May 22nd, Alice Guo, the mayor of Bamban, appeared in front of a Philippine Senate panel for the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) that operated in the town. Guo’s appearance is the second time she has appeared in front of the Senate panel to answer questions regarding her connection to the POGO or if she is a Chinese...

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Interview With Former Japanese Defense Minister Points to Increasing Relations with the Philippines

On July 11th, a reporter from Japanese broadcaster NHK interviewed former Japanese Defense Minister Onodera Itsunori about the recent base access agreement signed between the Philippines and Japan. Itsunori discussed various aspects of the...