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China told to back off from disputed island

Manila: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned Beijing to back off from a disputed island in the South China Sea, warning of possible military action if China “touches” it amid rising tensions over the key waterway.

U.S. lawmakers introduce bill to boost Taiwan ties, amid China tensions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation seeking to boost Washington's relations with Taiwan and raise the island's international profile on Tuesday, which could heighten tensions with China.

U.S. Navy, Coast Guard ships pass through strategic Taiwan Strait

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States sent Navy and Coast Guard ships through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday, the U.S. military said, as part of an increase in the frequency of movement through the strategic waterway despite opposition from China.

China says U.S. hyping threat to justify own rising defence spending

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Defence Ministry on Friday accused its United States counterpart of deliberately seeking to hype up the threat from China and other nations to justify its own military expenditure, calling the move short-sighted and dangerous.

Malaysia and Philippines pledge to work together

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia and the Philippines have affirmed their commitment and stance in key issues such as political and economic cooperation, security threats, the South China Sea dispute and the Korean Peninsula conflict.

More talks on SCS dispute

BEIJING: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that an increasing number of Asean nations have agreed with China’s proposal to speed up negotiations for a pact on the South China Sea.

U.S. Navy ships pass through strategic Taiwan Strait, riling China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States sent two Navy ships through the Taiwan Strait on Monday as the U.S. military increased the frequency of movement through the strategic waterway despite opposition from China.

U.S. destroyers sail in disputed South China Sea amid trade tensions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. warships sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Monday, a U.S. official told Reuters, a move likely to anger Beijing at a time of tense relations between the world's two biggest economies.

U.S., UK conduct first joint drills in contested South China Sea

TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States and Britain have conducted their first joint naval drills in the disputed South China Sea since China built island bases there, the two navies said on Wednesday, as Washington seeks help from allies to keep pressure on Beijing.

U.S. to blame if any South China Sea clash - Chinese researcher

BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. naval operations in the South China Sea could spark conflict and the United States would be to blame if a clash occurred, a Chinese military researcher said on Wednesday.