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In World
July 28, 2017 10:34 am gmt |
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China said it was on high alert to statements from countries “playing up” tension in the South China Sea on Friday (July 28) after Britain said it planned to send a warship to the disputed waterway next year to conduct freedom of navigation exercises. Britain would increase its presence i...
In Latest Stories
February 26, 2017 6:24 am gmt |
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Speaking on the condition of anonymity, two US officials told Reuters yesterday that China has nearly finished erecting almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that appear likely to house long-range surface-to-air missiles. In what appears to be an attempt to escalate...
In Asia
July 13, 2016 12:37 pm gmt |
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Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday (July 13) said Taiwan was determined to defend its national interests after an arbitration ruling on the South China Sea was announced one day ago. Taiwan has rejected the ruling by an arbitration court in The Hague, which was announced on Tuesday (J...
In Asia
July 12, 2016 10:50 am gmt |
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An arbitration tribunal in The Hague has rejected China’s claims to economic rights across large swathes of the South China Sea, in a ruling that will be claimed as a victory by the Philippines. “There was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources within the sea areas...
In Latest Stories
June 5, 2016 5:51 am gmt |
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday the United States would consider any Chinese establishment of an air defense zone over the South China Sea to be a “provocative and destabilizing act”. U.S. officials have expressed concern that an international court ruling expected in co...
In Asia
June 3, 2016 9:54 am gmt |
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Navigation in the South China Sea should be not disturbed and dispute over the contested waters should be solved peacefully based on the international law, India’s Defence Minister said on Friday (June 3). Manohar Parrikar made the comments after meeting his Singaporean counterpart Ng Eng Hen o...
In World
April 29, 2016 9:56 am gmt |
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Visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday in Beijing. Sergey Lavrov’s visit to China is not only for the ongoing Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), but also is an advance party of the Russian Presi...
In Asia
February 19, 2016 12:10 pm gmt |
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China’s naval air force conducted aviation drills recently in the disputed South China Sea to enhance its real combat ability, Chinese state media reported on Friday (Feb 19). State broadcaster CCTV said the forces were split into two teams, red and blue, to combat with each other, showing foot...
In World
February 10, 2016 10:37 am gmt |
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US President Barack Obama will deliver a tough message to China during a summit with Southeast Asian countries that disputes in the South China Sea must be resolved peacefully and not with a big nation “bullying” smaller neighbours. Obama is to host the leaders of the Association of South...
In World
January 28, 2016 10:58 am gmt |
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Taiwan’s president Ma Ying-jeou set off from Taiwan to Itu Aba island in the disputed South China Sea on Thursday (January 28) morning to reaffirm Taipei’s sovereignty over the outpost, ignoring criticism from Washington over the trip. Taiwan’s TTV broadcast footage of Ma arriving a...
In India
November 22, 2015 8:35 am gmt |
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called for enhancing cooperation with Asean to tackle the global challenge of terrorism and underlined the need for settling territorial disputes through peaceful means. He suggested evolving specific plans for cooperation with the 10-memeber grouping in key a...
In Asia
November 10, 2015 10:10 am gmt |
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China is not aware of any plan to discuss the disputed South China Sea at an Asia Pacific leaders’ summit next week in Manila, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Tuesday (November 10), amid tensions between China and the Philippines over the waters. Chinese President Xi Jinping is attending the ...
In World
November 7, 2015 7:15 am gmt |
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China has always advocated the dispute in the  should be resolved peacefully through dialogue, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Saturday (November 7). “China needs open and smooth navigation in the South China Sea more than anyone else. Despite the fact that some islets and reefs that China...
In World
November 4, 2015 8:01 am gmt |
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Fang Fenghui, Chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army met with Harry Harris, the Commander of the United States Pacific Command, on Tuesday in Beijing amid escalating tensions over the South China Sea issue. China’s Ministry of National Defense said the official...
In World
November 3, 2015 7:14 am gmt |
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The US has said it plans to return to contested areas of the South China Sea, with a top military commander saying it has conducted similar operations worldwide “for decades”. The sailing of a US warship within an area claimed by China last week angered Beijing, which issued a warning. Ad...
In America
November 1, 2015 9:28 am gmt |
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Disputes over territory in the South China Sea are causing countries in the region to increase their demand for an American security presence, the U.S. defense chief said on Sunday. A U.S. warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of one of China’s man-made islands in South China Sea on Tuesday i...
In Latest Stories
October 30, 2015 7:26 am gmt |
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 China’s naval commander has warned his US counterpart against “dangerous and provocative acts”, days after a US warship sailed close to contested islands in the South China Sea. Admiral Wu Shengli said in a video conference that there was a risk that such minor incidents could spa...
In Asia
October 28, 2015 10:37 am gmt |
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Chinese state media have denounced the presence of a US warship in the South China Sea, and warned that Beijing is prepared to take action. While urging calm from both sides, media outlets also said the US was “harassing China” and that Beijing is “not frightened to fight a war̶...