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U.S. Department of State News: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Vietnamese Leaders

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: On July 8 and 9, Secretary Pompeo met in Hanoi, Vietnam with General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Vietnamese Leaders

China says military no threat, but refuses to reveal budget

BEIJING/March 4, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — China has no desire to overturn the existing international order and its increasingly powerful military does not constitute a threat to others, the spokesman for the country’s ceremonial legislature said Sunday. However, in a break with recent practice, Zhang Yesui refused to provide a figure for the rate of growth … Continue reading China says military no threat, but refuses to reveal budget

US Navy says China’s military buildup won’t stop patrols

ABOARD USS CARL VINSON, Philippines/February 17, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —U.S. forces are undeterred by China’s military buildup on man-made islands in the South China Sea and will continue patrolling the strategic, disputed waters wherever “international law allows us,” said a Navy officer aboard a mammoth U.S. aircraft carrier brimming with F-18 fighter jets. Lt. Cmdr. Tim … Continue reading US Navy says China’s military buildup won’t stop patrols

Senior US diplomat pitches arms sales in China’s backyard

BEIJING/February 4, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The top U.S. diplomat overseeing arms sales said Monday she would be promoting American weaponry at the largest air show in Asia, where China’s military footprint and political influence are surging. A large U.S. delegation at the Singapore Air Show is doing “everything we can” to encourage Southeast Asian governments … Continue reading Senior US diplomat pitches arms sales in China’s backyard

Vietnam escapes worst of typhoon that battered Philippines

HANOI, Vietnam/December 26,2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — A powerful storm that left a trail of death and destruction in the Philippines was downgraded to a tropical depression Tuesday and failed to make landfall in Vietnam. Hundreds of thousands of people in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta had been evacuated as the region braced for the arrival of Typhoon Tembin … Continue reading Vietnam escapes worst of typhoon that battered Philippines

Storm leaves 120 dead, 160 missing in southern Philippines

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines /December 23, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) —  A tropical storm in the southern Philippines unleashed flash floods that swept away people and houses and set off landslides, reportedly leaving more than 120 people dead and 160 others missing, officials said. Most of the deaths from Tropical Storm Tembin were in the hard-hit provinces of Lanao … Continue reading Storm leaves 120 dead, 160 missing in southern Philippines

Storm leaves 75 dead, dozens missing in southern Philippines

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines  /December 23, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) —  A tropical storm in the southern Philippines unleashed flash floods that swept away people and houses and set off landslides, leaving at least 75 people dead and 58 others missing, officials said Saturday. Most of the deaths from Tropical Storm Tembin were in the hard-hit provinces of Lanao … Continue reading Storm leaves 75 dead, dozens missing in southern Philippines