Global Impact: China warns of infringing on its sovereignty, Philippines plans first submarine as South China Sea tensions continue
Navy spokesman Roy Vincent Trinidad said about 200 vessels, including coastguard fleets, were swarming the outcrop about 37km (23 miles) away from the Second Thomas Shoal, referred to by the Chinese as Renai Jiao.
Apart from upgrading all of the territorial features – islands, shoals and reefs – that the Philippines occupies in the region, President Ferdinand Marcos Jnr made it clear that his country would purchase its first submarine to defend its maritime sovereignty.
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With months of naval skirmishes with China still fresh in its minds, the Philippines this week signed a coastguard-cooperation pact with Vietnam, pledging to share information, set up a communication hotline, and work on a joint coastguard committee.
Not to be outdone, the Italian Navy is also expected to send its flagship aircraft carrier Cavour, along with its battle group, to the region this year.
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Beijing had long advised against a victory for Lai, from Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), and cast Saturday’s election as a choice between war and peace. If it now chooses to step up pressure on Taiwan, the United States might be prompted to make a tougher response, according to observers.
Beijing shows restraint as