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Biden backs Philippines in South China Sea

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Amid escalating tensions following recent vessel collisions in the South China Sea, President Joe Biden asserted the United States’ unwavering commitment to defend the Philippines against potential attacks within the disputed territory.

This development marks a significant reaffirmation of military support in the region, intensifying the geopolitical atmosphere.

The declaration comes in the wake of two separate incidents involving Filipino and Chinese vessels, highlighting the precarious security situation in the contested maritime space. In response to these confrontations, Biden emphasized the “ironclad” nature of the US defense commitment under the Mutual Defense Treaty established in 1951, obligating both nations to mutual support in the event of an armed attack.

The Filipino government has actively challenged China’s maritime claims, evidenced by its recent removal of floating barriers and orchestrated media coverage spotlighting Beijing’s aggressive naval maneuvers. These actions underscore the growing assertiveness of Manila’s stance on China’s activities in the region.

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Biden’s proclamation, characterized as his most definitive stance since the renewed tensions, underscores the strategic importance of the Philippines in maintaining regional stability. The Southeast Asian nation’s geographical position is particularly significant, bordering vital flashpoints in the Pacific, including the South China Sea and Taiwan.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning quickly countered Biden’s assertions, stating the US holds no authority in disputes between China and the Philippines. Moreover, she stressed that any American intervention should not infringe upon China’s sovereignty and maritime interests.

The heightened tensions were ignited by recent naval incidents, including the collision of a Chinese coast guard ship with a Filipino supply boat within the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Another confrontation involved a Chinese militia boat and a Philippine coast guard vessel. These skirmishes have amplified security concerns, with Philippine Defense Minister Gilberto Teodoro Jr. accusing China of intentional collisions and narrative manipulation.

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Amazon Prime’s ‘The Boys’ Season 4 will explore contemporary political polarisation

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Show creator Eric Kripke hints at a narrative that will not shy away from uncomfortable truths, promising a season that challenges viewers to confront their own beliefs and biases.

Known for its bold satire and unflinching critique of societal issues, the series seems poised to dissect the current climate of division with its trademark blend of dark humour and gritty realism, as reported by Reuters.

Director/Filmmaker Rob Fantozzi unpacks the latest from The Boys and beyond in the entrainment world. #featured

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Tesla shareholders approve historic $56B Elon Musk pay package

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Tesla shareholders have voted to approve Elon Musk’s unprecedented $56 billion compensation package, underscoring their confidence in his leadership and vision for the electric car company.

The package, which is tied to ambitious performance targets, includes a mix of stock options and bonuses contingent upon Tesla’s financial and operational milestones over the next decade.

As reported by Reuters, the approval underscores the support that Musk enjoys from Tesla’s retail investor base, many of whom are vocal fans of the mercurial billionaire.

The proposal passed despite opposition from some large institutional investors and proxy firms.

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The secret aspect of exercise and trauma release

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Recent studies have shed new light on the profound impact sedentary behavior is having on mental health.

A meta-analysis revealed a strong correlation between increased sitting time and higher rates of depression.

Now, many experts believe that movement and exercise are not only beneficial for mental health but also play a crucial role in trauma release.

Jenni Crumpton Ross, the President and CEO of Kula for Karma joins Veronica Dudo to discuss.

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