The Diplomat – The Looming Environmental Catastrophe in the South China Sea
Heated maritime and territorial disputes conceal the severe damage being done beneath the waves.
The Philippine Star – Philippines agrees to buy India anti-ship missile system
The Philippines has agreed to buy an anti-ship missile system from India, shoring up its security in the face of growing Chinese aggression in the South China Sea.
Nikkei Asia – North Korea tests railway-borne missile in latest launch
North Korea tested a railway-borne missile in its firing drills, marking its third weapons test this month, which triggered a U.S. push for fresh sanctions against the isolated state.
Inquirer – N.Korea calls U.S. sanctions “provocation,” warns of strong reaction
North Korea defended its missile tests as its legitimate right to self-defense and said the United States is intentionally escalating the situation by imposing new sanctions.
The Diplomat – The Vietnam-Germany Strategic Partnership Takes Another Step Forward
A growing congruence of interests has prompted the two nations to expand their strategic partnership into the realm of defense and security cooperation.
South China Morning Post – ASEAN postpones foreign ministers’ meeting amid divide over Myanmar’s military rulers
Cambodia’s chairmanship of the Southeast Asian bloc is off to a rocky start as differences deepen over how to engage the junta in post-coup Myanmar.