Taiwan's president, defying rare criticism from key ally the United States, visited an island in the disputed South China Sea on Thursday to emphasize Taiwan's sovereignty claims in the increasingly tense region.
U.S. forces in the Pacific are “very closely monitoring” China’s recent assertiveness in the disputed South China Sea, the commander of the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet said Thursday, insisting that freedom of navigation must be safeguarded.
A U.S. Marine has asked a Philippine court to reverse his conviction in the killing of a transgender Filipina and sought a bail and a reduction of his six to 12-year jail term, his lawyer said Wednesday.
A Philippine court on Tuesday convicted a U.S. Marine of killing a transgender woman he picked up in a bar during shore leave last year and sentenced him to six to 12 years in prison — setting off a custody dispute whose outcome could affect U.S. efforts to rebuild military ties with the island nation at a time of concern over a resurgent China.
Protests are likely in the Philippines no matter what verdict is issued Tuesday in the trial of a U.S. Marine accused of killing a transgender woman whom he picked up in a bar and took to a hotel for sex.