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Citing an order by President Rodrigo Duterte, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the Philippines would not join the navies of other countries in maritime drills in the South China Sea.

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Chinese fighter planes fly long range patrol over South China Sea amid rising tensions. #9News 

President Rodrigo Duterte has prohibited Philippine forces from joining other countries in conducting naval exercises in the South China Sea, according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

@GeraldFSeib  has five China questions for Joe Biden, including: "What, if anything, can be done to reverse China’s militarization of the South China Sea?"

In a phone call with @VivianBala  (foreign minister of #Singapore ), @SecPompeo  underscores US opposition to efforts by #China  "to use coercion to push its unlawful South China Sea maritime claims."

WATCH: In a press briefing on Monday, August 3, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says President Rodrigo Duterte has a 'standing order' not to be involved in maritime drills in the South China Sea. Read:

South China Sea dilemma: how can the US-led movement persuade China to act fairly?

▶ China wants a seat in an international tribunal for maritime disputes. The U.S. is against it: The U.S. suggested that China shouldn't be given a seat in the tribunal because it disregards international sea laws in the South China Sea.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the ‘tide is turning’ on China, citing international support for U.S. policies, including the step-up of maritime maneuvers in the South China Sea

@SecPompeo  comments on the Chinese Communist Party’s implementation of national security legislation in Hong Kong, U.S. policy on the South China Sea, and Huawei and 5G.

@SecPompeo  discusses the Chinese Communist Party's national security legislation in Hong Kong, its ongoing campaign of repression against Chinese Muslims, its recent escalation of border tensions with India, and its militarization of the South China Sea.

There'll be fewer US resources at certain places, they'll be at other places as there's threat from Chinese Communist Party to India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, South China Sea. We'll make sure we are postured appropriately to counter People's Liberation Army: US Secy of State

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BREAKING: China's navy has seized an unmanned, underwater U.S. Navy vehicle in international waters of South China Sea.

Beijing claims a small Vietnamese fishing boat rammed one of its coast-guard ships in the South China Sea, rather than the other way around. It’s hard to imagine a more ludicrous story. The U.S. stands with Vietnam as it defends its citizens and sovereignty from CCP aggression.

China's sinking of a Vietnamese fishing vessel in the South China Sea is yet another example of using a pandemic as cover to advance military objectives. China's belligerent behavior & expansionist agenda is a threat to all nations. Focus must remain on the pandemic, not war.

their country (the U.S. doesn't tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea? I don't think so!

Satellite images show China is continuing to build facilities on islands and reefs in the South China Sea. What can countries like the Philippines and Vietnam do to stop it?

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