The Philippines has accused Chinese vessels of carrying out "dangerous manoeuvres" in a disputed area of the South China Sea in the latest maritime flare-up between the two neighbors. The Philippine coast guard said in a statement that it had been carrying out a routine rotation and resupply mission near Ayungin Shoal, known in China as Ren’ai Reef, when its vessels were approached by eight Chinese boats. It claimed the Chinese boats "jeopardized" the safety of the crew members aboard the Philippine vessels but did not detail how. It claimed the incident had involved four Chinese coast guard vessels and four Chinese "maritime militia" boats. The incident comes just weeks after the Philippines accused Chinese coast guard ships of firing water cannons at its vessels as they tried to resupply troops stationed on the same shoal in the Spratly Islands chain, known in China as the Nansha Islands.
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Prior to the #G20Summit in India, China triggers tensions by unveiling the "2023 edition of the standard map of China." This map depicts Arunachal Pradesh, Aksai Chin, South China Sea territories, and Taiwan as part of China's border region.
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The sudden disappearance of Chinese Defence Minister Li Shangfu has brought into focus the intricate and enigmatic workings of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). Li is facing investigation for alleged corruption linked to the procurement of military equipment in his past role, and this inquiry has ensnared eight other high-ranking officials. With his destiny uncertain, this episode highlights the complexities of the Chinese military structure. Watch
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The People’s Liberation Army and PLA Navy staged a military drill near Taiwan as a "severe warning to separatist forces" following angry statements by Beijing over stopovers in the United States by Taiwanese Vice-president William Lai. The PLA’s Eastern Theatre Command launched joint exercises by its air force and navy around the island to review its combat capability, it said in a statement this morning. "It is a severe warning to Taiwan separatists for their engagement with foreign forces and provocations," it said. Taiwan’s defence ministry condemned the drills and said it would respond with appropriate force. "The launch of the military exercise this time not only does not help peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, but also highlights Beijing’s militaristic mentality," it said in a statement. It further mentioned it had detected 42 Chinese aircraft and eight ships involved in drills around the island.
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