US and Philippines Launch Annual Drills in Disputed South China Sea Amidst Rising Tensions with China

The South China Sea has long been a focal point of geopolitical tensions, with multiple countries asserting territorial claims in the region. In this turbulent context, the United States and the Philippines have recently begun their annual joint military exercises, signaling their commitment to regional security and stability. These exercises come at a time when China's assertiveness in the South China Sea has raised concerns among its neighboring nations and global powers.

The South China Sea is a strategically vital body of water, known for its vast reserves of oil and natural gas, thriving fisheries, and busy shipping lanes. It is also home to numerous disputed islands and maritime territories claimed by China, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Brunei. These competing territorial claims have led to […]