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Philippines strengthens claim on this South China Sea island

The Philippines is aiming to strengthen its claims in the South China Sea by potentially building hotels for tourists on its biggest island in the disputed waterway, officials said.

Philippines mulls tourists for Thitu, bolstering S. China Sea claims

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines is considering inviting tourists to its biggest and most strategically important outpost in the South China Sea, part of efforts to assert its claim to sovereignty over some of the world's most contested islands.

Vietnam, China embroiled in South China Sea standoff

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnamese and Chinese ships have been embroiled in a weeks-long standoff near an offshore oil block in disputed waters of the South China Sea, which fall within Vietnam's exclusive economic zone, two Washington-based think-tanks said on Wednesday.

China denies U.S. accusations of South China Sea missile tests

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Defence Ministry on Friday denied U.S. accusations that the Chinese military had recently carried out missile tests in the disputed South China Sea, saying instead that they had held routine drills that involved the firing of live ammunition.

Pentagon says China missile test in South China Sea 'disturbing'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Tuesday a recent Chinese missile launch in the South China Sea was "disturbing" and contrary to Chinese pledges that it would not militarize the disputed waterway.

‘No more concessions’. Why is China playing hardball in trade war talks with the United States?

Chinese state media and sources say China will give no more ground in the face of Trump’s tariff threats Liu He’s US trip confirmed for Thursday, and will be shorter than expected

Two U.S. warships sail in disputed South China Sea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said two of its warships sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Monday, a move that angered Beijing at a time of tense ties between the world's two biggest economies.

China urges U.S. to stop provocative acts in South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Monday its navy warned U.S. ships sailing near islands claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea to leave the area and that the U.S. should stop such provocative acts.

Vietnam protests to China over South China Sea boat sinking

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam has lodged an official protest with China following the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat which was being chased by a Chinese maritime surveillance vessel in the disputed South China Sea, Vietnam said late on Thursday.

Pompeo assures Philippines of U.S. protection in event of sea conflict

MANILA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured the Philippines on Friday it would come to its defence if it came under attack in the South China Sea, reaffirming a defence code that Manila's security chiefs have sought to revise.