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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has called on the United States to enforce its Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) with the Philippines over growing Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea, ABS-CBN News reported July 17.
The chief executive officer of Russian oil giant Rosneft has asked the Russian government for tax breaks worth 2.6 trillion rubles ($41.3 billion) in a private letter obtained by Russian newspaper Vedomosti, the paper reported July 14.
Chinese and Vietnamese coast guard vessels have reportedly been engaged in a weeklong standoff in the Spratly Islands after a Chinese survey ship entered waters around the Vanguard Bank to conduct a seismic survey, the South China Morning Post reported July 12.
Russia's Gazprom has reached an agreement with Turkmenistan to buy 5.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year for the next five years, although no details were provided on the price of the deal, RFE/RL reported July 3.
Emirati forces from the joint coalition in Yemen are being slowly withdrawn from parts of the country, but Abu Dhabi has used its involvement in the civil war to strengthen its regional footprint overall.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad imposed an unpublicized ban on exports of sea sand to Singapore in October 2018 over concerns about the use of Malaysian land to expand Singapore's landmass, Reuters reported July 2.