Trump to China: 'Keep' our drone

By Kathleen McKiernan and Owen Boss Boston Herald Hours after President-elect Donald Trump slammed the "unprecedented" seizure of a U.S. Navy unmanned underwater glider in the South China Sea, the Chinese government said it would give back the drone -- bringing a peaceful end to what local experts are calling another clear sign of escalating tensions between the two countries. "China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters -- rips it out of water and takes it to China ... More

US bombers' flyover 'serious military provocation,' says China

DPA, Berlin BEIJING — The recent flight of two US B-52 bombers near disputed islands in the South China Sea was an act a "serious military provocation," according to China's Defence Ministry Saturday. "Chinese armed forces will take whatever measures necessary to safeguard China's national sovereignty and security as well as peace and stability of the region," the ministry warned in an online statement on its website Saturday. The December 10 flyby near the Nansha Islands ... More

Obama highlights support for the Philippines amid tension with China

By Michael A. Memoli and David S. Cloud Tribune Washington Bureau MANILA — Hours after President Barack Obama touched down in Manila on Tuesday, he toured a refurbished former U.S. frigate that is now the flagship of the Philippine navy and announced plans to give two more ships and other aid to Manila to help it patrol disputed islands in the South China Sea. Emerging from the port side of the 378-foot ship, Obama underscored U.S. backing for a longtime Asian ally and ramped up diplomatic pressure on ... More