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World 14 Nov 2013 | 7:00 PM

China says people sympathetic about Philippines, online criticism unrepresentative

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Thursday that online comments calling on the government not to help the typhoon-struck Philippines did not reflect most Chinese people's view, as it announced a further $1.64 million in aid.

China 14 Nov 2013 | 3:46 PM

China to step up aid to Philippines amid controversy

BEIJING, Nov 14, 2013 (AFP) - China is to increase its aid to the typhoon-pummelled Philippines, officials said after criticism of its initial modest response, but some Chinese web users called Thursday for it not to help at all.

World 14 Nov 2013 | 10:15 AM

Japan readies 1,000 troops, naval ships for Philippines relief

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is preparing to send up to 1,000 troops as well as naval vessels and aircraft to the Philippines to help with disaster relief following Typhoon Haiyan, in what could be Tokyo's biggest postwar military deployment.

World 13 Nov 2013 | 7:45 PM

Hong Kong activists barred from setting off on 'protest' voyage

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong blocked a group of Chinese activists from embarking upon what was believed to be a voyage to disputed islands in the East China Sea on Wednesday, preventing a diplomatic run in with Japan.

World 12 Nov 2013 | 10:50 PM

China to revamp security in face of threats at home, abroad

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will set up a new "state security committee" as it seeks to tackle growing social unrest and unify the powers of a disparate security apparatus in the face of growing challenges at home and abroad, the government said on Tuesday .

World 12 Nov 2013 | 8:25 PM

China's meagre aid to the Philippines could dent its image

BEIJING (Reuters) - China may have wasted the chance to build goodwill in Southeast Asia with its relatively paltry donation to the Philippines in the wake of a devastating typhoon, especially with the United States sending an aircraft carrier and Japan ramping up aid.

World 12 Nov 2013 | 2:50 PM

Tanker hijackings raise piracy concerns in seas around Singapore

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Two tanker hijackings in about a month in the South China Sea and Malacca Strait, a route for about a quarter of sea borne oil trade, have fuelled fears piracy could be on the rise in the area, potentially driving up ship insurance premiums.

AseanPlus News 11 Nov 2013 | 5:43 PM

US military joins Philippines typhoon rescue race

TACLOBAN (Philippines)(AFP): US military planes Monday joined a frantic effort to rescue famished survivors of a monster typhoon that may have killed 10,000 people in the Philippines, as local security forces struggled to contain looting.

Japan 11 Nov 2013 | 5:05 PM

Japan military drills missiles on Pacific gateway

NAHA (Japan)(AFP): Japanese soldiers practised surface-to-ship missile drills Monday on an island at the gateway to the Pacific, as part of a huge military exercise that has unsettled China.

AseanPlus News 11 Nov 2013 | 11:42 AM

Philippines struggles to help desperate typhoon victims

Tacloban: Philippines rescue workers struggled to bring aid to famished and destitute survivors Monday after a super typhoon that may have killed more than 10,000 people, in what is feared to be the country's worst natural disaster.