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US Third Fleet Destroyers Sail Into South China Sea for OMSI Exercises

The guided missile destroyers Spruance, Momsen and Decatur from the US Third Fleet’s Pacific Action Surface Group (PAC SAG) took part in he Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) in the South China Sea, according to the US navy...

Top Chinese envoy in Vietnam as tension looms before court ruling

HANOI (Reuters) - China's top diplomat arrived in Vietnam on Monday for a scheduled meeting to strengthen historically close relations, at a time when ties are strained by squabbles over the South China Sea.

Oops! Washington's Aggressive Posture Pushes Russia & China Closer Together

Aggressive US moves in Eastern Europe and the South China Sea have only led to Russia and China strengthening their economic and geopolitical cooperation, political commentator Mike Billington told Iranian news network PressTV.

British EU exit turmoil alarms Asia, rocks Labour opposition

LONDON/BEIJING (Reuters) - Turmoil unleashed by Britain's vote to leave the EU engulfed the opposition Labour Party while policymakers as far away as China, Japan and South Korea fretted on Sunday over the threat to global financial stability, hours before markets reopen.

Whose Land is it Anyway? Trials and Tribulations of Territorial Disputes

The Hague-based arbitration panel is due to decide on the Philippines's lawsuit against China over its allegedly illegal actions in the South China Sea in the near future; this will be the first time an international court takes a decision on the matter.

Senior US Official to Visit Japan, China, S. Korea to Address Arms Control

US Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Frank Rose will travel to Japan, South Korea, and China next week to discuss space security, strategic stability, and arms control among other issues, the State Department announced in a press release on Friday.

Indonesia’s South China Sea Dilemma

Amelia Long Security, Asia How Indonesia chooses to act next will set an important precedent in the region. For the third time this year, the Indonesian navy has faced off against Chinese fishing vessels trawling within the 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone surrounding the Natuna Islands. Show More Summary

Tourists pick up antibiotic-resistance genes in just two days

When you travel to countries such as South Korea, India and China, it takes just days for your gut flora to acquire genes that make bacteria resistant to antibiotics

Digital Diplomacy links: Russian soft power, South China Sea, NZ Story, Tibet and more

'Have you been to Tibet bro?' This signalled the beginning of a recent slang-filled Twitter outburst from China's State Information Office. Russia recently cracked into the top-30 rankings of this soft power index (Australia came 6th). Show More Summary

Indonesia Refuses to Bow to China in the South China Sea

Gary Sands Global Governance, East Asia Jakarta is no longer intimidated by China's aggression. A Chinese fishing boat came under fire last Friday while fishing in waters off the Natuna islands, a 272-island archipelago off the northwest coast of Borneo in the South China Sea. Show More Summary

New Image Reveals Details of China’s Latest Attack Submarine

Amid ongoing tensions in the South China Sea, a new image has surfaced purported to be Beijing’s new Type 093 attack submarine.

India Wants More Frequent Military Drills in Southeast Asia

India's steadily growing engagement with South East Asian nations is not indicative of India's confrontational mood with China.

Why China Is So Invested In South Sudan's Future

Nowhere else in Africa do China's financial, diplomatic and geopolitical interests confront as much risk as they do in South Sudan. Beijing has invested billions of dollars in the country's oil sector, deployed about 1,000 troops to serve as U.N. Show More Summary

China brushes off doubts over support on South China Sea, says it is growing

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Foreign Ministry on Thursday brushed off doubts about how many countries have offered support for its position in a case brought by the Philippines over Chinese claims in the South China Sea, saying the number of nations was growing daily.

Trial of the Century: China vs. the Philippines in the South China Sea

In the coming days, an obscure arbitral tribunal, formed under the aegis of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), is expected to issue a final ruling on the Philippines' complaint against China's expanding (military and civilian) footprint across the world's most important waterway, the South China Sea. Show More Summary

Indonesian president sails to South China Sea islands in message to Beijing

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's president visited the Natuna Islands aboard a warship on Thursday, making a bold move to assert sovereignty over the area in the southern reaches of the South China Sea after Beijing stated its "over-lapping claim" on nearby waters.

U.S. Strategically Squeezing China In South China Sea, Says Beijing

FILE - In this file photo from Wednesday, June 15, 2016, an F/A-18 Hornet takes off the deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier the USS John C. Stennis during joint military exercise between the United States, Japan and India off the coast 180 miles east of Japan's southernmost island of [...]

U.S. warns China against provocations once court rules on sea claims

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States warned China on Wednesday against taking "additional provocative actions" following an impending international court ruling on the South China Sea that is expected to largely reject Beijing's broad territorial claims.

'Deceitful' US Stirring South China Sea Tensions to Maintain Hegemony

In an article for China’s People’s Daily Online, Zhong Sheng argues that the United States’ aggressive actions in the South China Sea are meant to affirm its position as the global hegemon.

The ‘Inevitable War’ Between the U.S. and China

Roughly 15 years ago, a Chinese fighter jet pilot was killed when he collided with an American spy plane over the South China Sea. The episode marked the start of tensions between Beijing and Washington over China’s claim to the strategic waterway. Show More Summary

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