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ASEAN overcomes communique impasse, urges non-militarisation in South China Sea

ASEAN overcomes communique impasse, urges non-militarisation in South China Sea

Published 07/08/2017

Southeast Asian foreign ministers ended an impasse on Sunday over how to address disputes with China in the South China Sea, issuing a communique that called for militarization to be avoided and noting concern about island-building. [more…]

Drilling for oil in disputed sea may resume this year: Philippine official

Drilling for oil in disputed sea may resume this year: Philippine official

Published 12/07/2017

Drilling for oil and natural gas on the Reed Bank in the South China Sea may resume before the end of the year, a Philippine energy official said on Wednesday, as the government prepares to offer new blocks to investors in bidding in December.

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U.S. bombers challenge China in South China Sea flyover

U.S. bombers challenge China in South China Sea flyover

Published 07/07/2017

FILE PHOTO - A B-1B Lancer from the U.S. Air Force 28th Air Expeditionary Wing heads out on a combat mission in support of strikes on Afghanistan in this file picture released December 7, 2001. Cedric H.Rudisill/USAF/Handout via REUTERS

Two U.S bombers have flown over the disputed South China Sea, the U.S. Air Force said on Friday, asserting the right to treat the region as international territory despite China's claim to virtually all of the waterway.

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Philippine troops find beheaded Vietnamese captives in south

Philippine troops find beheaded Vietnamese captives in south

Published 05/07/2017

Philippine soldiers have found the beheaded bodies of two Vietnamese sailors abducted a year ago by Islamist militant Abu Sayyaf group near the restive southern island of Basilan, an army spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

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China says it warned U.S warship to leave South China Sea

China says it warned U.S warship to leave South China Sea

Published 25/05/2017

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey transits the South China Sea. Kryzentia Weiermann/Courtesy U.S. Navy/via REUTERS

China said on Thursday that Chinese warships warned a U.S. Navy warship to leave after it sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea.

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Trump presses China on North Korea ahead of Xi talks

Trump presses China on North Korea ahead of Xi talks

Published 03/04/2017

The North Korea flag flutters next to concertina wire at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 9, 2017. REUTERS/Edgar Su

U.S. President Donald Trump held out the possibility on Sunday of using trade as a lever to secure Chinese cooperation against North Korea and suggested Washington might deal with Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs on its own if need be.

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China to build on disputed shoal in South China Sea

China to build on disputed shoal in South China Sea

Published 17/03/2017

Boats at Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea are shown in this handout photo provided by Planet Labs, and captured on March 12, 2016. REUTERS/Planet Labs/Handout via Reuters

China will begin preparatory work this year for an environmental monitoring station on Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, an official said, as two U.S. senators introduced a bill to impose sanctions on its activities in the disputed waterway.

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EU capitalizing on free-trade interest amid gloom over Trump policies

EU capitalizing on free-trade interest amid gloom over Trump policies

Published 10/03/2017

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom talks to reporters in Pasay city, Metro Manila, in the Philippines March 10, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

The European Union is seeing increased impetus around the world to move forward with Free Trade Agreements (FTA) with the bloc, which will make the most of uncertainty over the outlook for U.S. trade policy, the EU's trade envoy said on Friday.

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Exclusive: China finishing South China Sea buildings that could house missiles – U.S. officials

Exclusive: China finishing South China Sea buildings that could house missiles – U.S. officials

Published 22/02/2017

File Photo: Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015. ...

China, in an early test of U.S. President Donald Trump, has nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles, two U.S. officials told Reuters.

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ASEAN unsettled by China`s weapon systems, tension in South China Sea

ASEAN unsettled by China`s weapon systems, tension in South China Sea

Published 21/02/2017

Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers link arms during the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Retreat in Boracay, central Philippines February 21, 2017. L-R: Saleumxay Kommasith, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Laos- Anifah Aman, Minister of Foreign Affairs...

Southeast Asian countries see China's installation of weapons systems in the South China Sea as very unsettling and want to prevent militarization and urge dialogue to stop "recent developments" from escalating, the Philippines said on Tuesday.

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