Defence pact signed, Barack Obama seeks to soothe China while cosying up with Philippines

The US and the Philippines signed an agreement Monday which will allow a larger presence of American troops in the military bases of the Asian nation.

‘China’s plans to board ships in disputed area could escalate tension’

ASEAN head Surin Pitsuwan has expressed concerns that China`s plan to board ships in disputed areas of the South China Sea could escalate tensions.

`Withdraw vessel from disputed sea`

China asked Philippines to immediately withdraw an archaeological vessel from the waters of the South China Sea.