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2 bodies retrieved from South Korea helicopter crash

Nov 03, 2019 - 5:07 PM

The Coast Guard says one was believed to be a fireman, but it is still trying to identify the pair

SEARCHING. This handout photo taken on November 1, 2019 and provided by the Korea Coast Guard shows rescue members searching for missing people after a helicopter crashed into the sea near the Dokdo islets, known as Takeshima in Japan. Photo by Korea Coast Guard/AFP

7 South Koreans missing after helicopter crash near disputed islets

Nov 01, 2019 - 2:42 PM

South Korea's coast guard says the chopper had just picked an injured fisherman up from Dokdo, which is known as Takeshima in Japan, when it went down

SEARCHING. This handout photo taken on November 1, 2019 and provided by the Korea Coast Guard shows rescue members searching for missing people after a helicopter crashed into the sea near the Dokdo islets, known as Takeshima in Japan. Handout/Korea Coast Guard/AFP

South Korea begins annual war games to defend against Japan

Aug 25, 2019 - 10:54 AM

The 'East Sea territory defence training' aims to solidify the South Korean military's resolve to defend the Dokdo islands and its surrounding areas

12 missing after Chinese boat, HK tanker collide

Oct 05, 2017 - 4:47 PM

The collision occurred 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of the Oki Islands in the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, officials say

Vietnam seeks support for 'maritime freedom'

Aug 24, 2016 - 9:40 PM

Vietnam s President Tran Dai Quang hopes France and other countries will help ease tensions in the South China Sea

Vietnamese president Tran Dai Quang speaks during an interview with AFP at the presidential palace in Hanoi on August 24, 2016.  France and other countries should help to keep the peace in the disputed South China Sea, Vietnam's president told AFP, as unease grows over China's increasingly muscular approach in the key waterway. / AFP PHOTO / HOANG DINH NAM

Seoul condemns updated Japanese textbooks

Mar 18, 2016 - 4:52 PM

We deeply deplore that Japan has approved high school text books that contain distorted views about history including unjustified claims about our territory Seoul says

HISTORY REVISED? Fusosha Publishing magazines and books sit on a rack at the Fuso offices in Tokyo, Wednesday 6 April 2005. Fuso has published a new history textbook, approved by Japan's Education Ministry on Tuesday, for junior high school students amid expectations of protest from neighbouring China and South Korea. The book was made by a nationalist group of academics known as the Japanese Society for History Textbook Reform. When first approved in 2001, the textbook stirred outrage from China and South Korea, which saw its content as justifying and glorifying Japan's past military aggression. Photo from EPA

Philippines hails UN sanctions vs North Korea

Mar 03, 2016 - 7:40 PM

The Philippines says it wants North Korea to undertake concrete steps toward denuclearization as Pyongyang faces its toughest UN sanctions so far

FIRING DRILL. An undated file picture released by the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the North Korean ruling Workers Party, shows a North Korean military missile firing drill at an unknown location in North Korea. According to media reports quoting South Korea's defense ministry on March 3, 2016, North Korea has fired 'several' short-range missiles into the East Sea (Sea of Japan) at 10 am (0100 GMT) on March 3, 2016. Photo by Rodong Sinmun/EPA

Philippines, Vietnam boost ties as China sea disputes fester

Nov 17, 2015 - 9:05 PM

President Aquino also takes the opportunity to get Vietnam s support on the prospective inclusion of the Philippines in the Trans Pacific Partnership an economic agreement between Pacific Rim countries

President Benigno S. Aquino III witnesses Socialist Republic of Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang sign the Palace Guest Book at the Reception Hall of the Malacañan Palace for the bilateral meeting on Tuesday (November 17, 2015), at the sidelines of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting. Diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the Philippines date back since July 12, 1976 and from then on, the two countries have established good relations in the areas of politics, economics, trade investments, agriculture, security and defense among others. (Photo by Rolando Mailo/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Vietnam defends building in South China Sea

May 14, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Vietnam has indisputable sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly archipelagos the Vietnamese ambassador tells Rappler

VIETNAM CONSTRUCTION. This satellite image shows Vietnam's reported construction activities on Sand Cay, one of the features of the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea. Photo courtesy of SIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

PH to tribunal: Vietnam boosts case vs China

Mar 18, 2015 - 3:46 PM

In the 3 000 page document it recently filed against China the Philippines shows a united front with Vietnam

UNITED FRONT. A Vietnamese child peers from Vietnam and Philippines flags while waiting for the arrival of Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at Villamor Airbase in Pasay City, Philippines, on May 21, 2014. Photo by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

China builds military airstrip on disputed island – Xinhua

Oct 08, 2014 - 2:31 PM

The runway is Beijing s latest physical assertion of control in the area two years after it declared a city named Sansha centered on Woody Island – known as Yongxing in Chinese – to administer vast swathes of the South China Sea

Japan gives Vietnam six ships to boost maritime patrols

Aug 01, 2014 - 9:51 PM

The deal for the vessels is announced in Hanoi during a 2 day visit by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida aimed at deepening bilateral ties

STATE VISIT. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (center) visits Vietnam to deepen bilateral ties. Photo from AFP

Philippines, Vietnam form team to boost alliance

Jul 03, 2014 - 6:55 PM

The Philippine and Vietnamese armies also vow to conduct joint training as both countries face China s threats in the disputed South China Sea

N. Korea fires two missiles into sea: Seoul military

Jun 29, 2014 - 8:51 AM

The launch comes after Pyongyang fired what were believed to be 3 short range missiles into the sea on Thursday in an apparent show of force Chinese President Xi Jinping s visit

China blames Vietnam for ramming ships again

Jun 25, 2014 - 9:10 AM

To pin down China however Vietnam releases images of the latest ramming incident between Hanoi and Beijing in the disputed South China Sea

LATEST INCIDENT. This handout photo taken on June 23, 2014 and released to AFP on June 24, 2014 by Vietnam's maritime police allegedly shows a Chinese boat (left) supposedly ramming a Vietnamese vessel (right) in contested waters near China's deep sea drilling rig in the South China Sea. Photo by Vietnam's Maritime Police/AFP

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Jun 24, 2014 - 8:50 PM

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Philippines backs Japan bid to defend allies

Jun 24, 2014 - 3:58 PM

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III says his country favors the proposal to revise Japan s pacifist constitution

BOOSTING TIES. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III poses with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the joint media statement after the Summit Meeting and Working Lunch at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence in 2-3-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan on June 24, 2014. Photo by Gil Nartea/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

Beijing sends another oil rig to South China Sea

Jun 20, 2014 - 11:14 AM

The move marks a fresh escalation of the dispute which has seen a wave of deadly anti Chinese riots in Vietnam as well as accusations from both sides of ramming by the other s vessels

Top Beijing diplomat in Hanoi for key South China Sea talks

Jun 18, 2014 - 2:47 PM

State Councillor Yang Jiechi meets Vietnam s Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh in Hanoi for the first high level talks between the communist neighbors since early May

HIGH-LEVEL TALKS. Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi (L) shakes hands with Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) at the Government's Guesthouse in Hanoi, Vietnam, 18 June 2014. Luong Thai Linh/Pool/EPA

Q and A: 'Brave, patriotic' Vietnam challenges China

Jun 18, 2014 - 8:00 AM

We don t fear anything the Vietnamese ambassador tells Rappler as he slams China s dream to claim the entire South China Sea

Philippines, Vietnam can share disputed sea – envoy

Jun 14, 2014 - 9:30 AM

Joint exploration however won t work with China Vietnamese Ambassador to the Philippines Truong Trieu Duong says it will be like recognizing China s claim and falling into its trap

Vietnam to Philippines: United, we will win

Jun 12, 2014 - 5:50 PM

China s acts against Vietnam also threaten the Philippines says the Vietnamese ambassador in an interview with Rappler

China seeks int'l sympathy over South China Sea

Jun 11, 2014 - 9:48 AM

It s a sign that criticism over South China Sea disputes involving both the Philippines and Vietnam is starting to hurt China

Unusual move: China seeks UN support in sea row

Jun 10, 2014 - 4:44 PM

China – which frowns upon third party involvement in South China Sea disputes – requests the UN chief to circulate its position paper against Vietnam

PH weighs proposed ASEAN meet on South China Sea

Jun 10, 2014 - 11:12 AM

UPDATED The special meeting proposed by Indonesia is expected to send a strong signal to China

KICK-OFF. For the first time this year, Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario (first from left) and his ASEAN counterparts meet in Bagan, Myanmar. Photo by AFP

China: Vietnam rammed our ships 1,400 times

Jun 09, 2014 - 12:44 PM

China claims Vietnam – an economic dwarf compared to Beijing – provoked the Asian giant first in the South China Sea

EVIDENCE? A screenshot of a video played during a press conference on the growing dispute with China over the South China Sea shows a Vietnamese sinking boat (R) which was allegedly rammed by Chinese vessels near disputed Paracel Islands, near a Marine Guard ship (L), in Hanoi, Vietnam June 5, 2014. Photo by Luong Thai Linh/EPA

Vietnam mulls 'legal actions' against China

May 22, 2014 - 10:11 AM

Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung also tells Reuters that Vietnam is considering various defense options

China blames Vietnam for ship collisions in disputed waters

May 08, 2014 - 9:05 PM

Foreign ministry official Yi Xianliang said Vietnamese ships had rammed Chinese vessels 171 times since May 3 – in sharp contrast to Vietnam s claim that its own patrol vessels were repeatedly rammed by Chinese ships protecting a deep water drilling rig near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea

US: China's oil rig near Paracels 'provocative'

May 08, 2014 - 10:35 AM

US state department spokesperson Jen Psaki says China s action undermines peace and stability in the region

Vietnam says China fired water cannon, rammed ships near oil rig

May 07, 2014 - 11:53 PM

Tensions between the communist neighbors have risen sharply since Beijing unilaterally announced last week it would move the deep water drilling rig into disputed waters

Japan delegation leaves for Beijing to mend ties with China

May 04, 2014 - 7:07 PM

The mission consists of 9 lawmakers of both ruling and opposition parties belonging to the Japan China Friendship Parliamentarians Union

N. Korea test-fires 30 missiles into sea – S. Korean military

Mar 22, 2014 - 8:57 AM

UPDATED South Korea earlier urged North Korea earlier this week to stop what it called provocative and potentially dangerous tests

Seoul wins battle against Japan for US textbooks

Feb 07, 2014 - 4:16 PM

The Virginia House of Delegates approves requiring textbooks to also refer to the Sea of Japan as the East Sea

NAMING THE WATER. The issue of territories in textbooks is a long-standing issue. In this 2011 photo, South Korea lodged a strong protest with Japan for approving new school textbooks laying claims to a disputed cluster of rocky outcroppings in the Sea of Japan (East Sea), known as Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in South Korea. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

South Korea to stage military drill near disputed island

Aug 02, 2012 - 1:04 PM

South Korea will stage a regular military exercise near a disputed island this month amid a renewed territorial claim by Japan