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Territorial disputes in the South China Sea

Chinese Premier Addresses Southeast Asian leaders meet.

China Hosts Regional Meeting, Announces $11.5 Billion Loan to Neighbors

The first Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) Leaders' Meeting "Shared River, Shared Future" started off on a hopeful note on March 23 at Sanya in China's Hainan province.

New Maritime Judicial Center

China to Create Own International Maritime Judicial Center Amid Sea Disputes

China will establish an international maritime judicial center to protect its national sovereignty and maritime rights, the country's Supreme People's Court announced on Sunday. The announcement was made by China's Chief Justice Zhou Qiang in a report issued during the annual meeting of the Chinese parliament in Beijing.

B1 Bomber

US Plans More Bomber Rotations in Australia Amid South China Sea Dispute

The US plans to expand its rotation of bombers and refueling aircraft in Australia, the commander of the US Air Force in the Pacific said on Tuesday, as Washington seeks to enhance its presence in the region.


Seoul Envoys Slam Beijing's 'Self-Contradictory' Stance on THAAD, South China Sea, Says Report

South Korean diplomats in Beijing said on Monday that China's argument opposing the deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) systems in the Korean Peninsula runs contrary to its construction of radar installations and other defensive facilities in the South China Sea.

Budding Partnership

India, Vietnam Build Military Muscle, Mull Exploration of More South China Sea Resources

With a strongly-worded reiteration of its territorial claims over the Paracel and Spratly Islands, the government of Vietnam on Wednesday invited strategic partner India to its expand its exploration of natural resources within the country's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea.

More Anti-Ship Missiles

US Navy to Field High-Tech Anti-Ship Missiles Amid Tension in South China Sea

For months last year, the US weighed the possible outcomes of challenging China's land reclamation activities in the South China Sea, but now that it has, the US Navy's top commander in the Pacific says Washington would not back down.

Land Reclamation

China may be Building High-Power Radar on Disputed Island, Says Washington Think-Tank

Satellite images show China may be building a high-power radar system on a disputed territory in the South China Sea, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

South China Sea

US is Biggest Instigator of Militarization in South China Sea, Says China

The Chinese government on Friday accused the US of militarizing the South China Sea, days after civilian satellite images suggesting Beijing had deployed missiles to the disputed Paracel Islands grabbed media attention around the world.

Vietnam Lodges Formal UN Complaint Against China; Beijing Accuses Philippines of 'Ulterior Political Purposes'

The Vietnamese government on Friday submitted a formal complaint to the United Nations (UN) against China following reports that Beijing has deployed surface-to-air-missile (SAM) batteries to the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.


China Closing Technology Gap With US, Says US Air Force Official

The technology gap between US and Chinese jet fighters is being narrowed, although the training and experience of US pilots still allows them an "unbelievably huge" advantage over their Chinese counterparts, a top US air force official has said.

Serious Talks

US Wants 'Serious Talks' on South China Sea; Experts Predict Big Diplomatic Move by China

The White House made public on Wednesday a measure of its intelligence on China's activities in the South China Sea, suggesting that China is speeding up construction of military facilities in contested territories of the busy waterway.

Paracel Islands

Taiwan Confirms Presence of Chinese Missiles in Disputed South China Sea Island

Taiwanese defense officials on Tuesday confirmed the presence of advanced surface-to-air missiles on a disputed island in the South China Sea under the control of China.


Obama: 'Stop Land Reclamation, Construction and Militarization in South China Sea'

US President Barrack Obama on Tuesday called for an end to land reclamation, new construction and all other activities contributing to the militarization of the South China Sea even as reports spread that China has deployed surface-to-air missile systems in the contested waters.

Grave Concern

US Navy Warns China Against Use of Coast Guard, Jet Fighters in Disputed Waters

The US Navy on Monday called on Beijing to clarify its intentions in the South China Sea, expressing concern that China's use of coast guard vessels to assert its claims in the disputed waters could lead to unwanted hostilities.

Contentious Waters

US-ASEAN Summit: As China Builds Islands, US Builds Alliances - Experts

The US-initiated meeting with Southeast Asian leaders, which kicks off Monday in California's Sunnylands resort, is likely to shine a harsh spotlight on China, experts have said.

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