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U.S. plans third patrol near disputed South China Sea islands

(Reuters) - The U.S. Navy plans to conduct another passage near disputed islands in the South China Sea in early April, a source familiar with the plan said on Friday, the third in series of challenges that have drawn sharps rebukes from China.

South China Sea tensions surge as China lands plane on artificial island

HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - China's first landing of a plane on one of its new island runways in the South China Sea shows Beijing's facilities in the disputed region are being completed on schedule and military flights will inevitably follow, foreign officials and analysts said.

ASEAN chief voices alarm at China plan to board ships in disputed waters

JAKARTA (Reuters) - China's plan to board and search ships that illegally enter what it considers its territory in the disputed South China Sea could spark naval clashes and hurt the region's economy, Southeast Asia's top diplomat warned on Friday.

‘Competition does not mean conflict’: American defence chief leaves door open to cooperation with China

Patrick ­Shanahan’s address to Singapore security forum signals Washington’s willingness to ­engage with Beijing, Chinese colonel says

U.S. warship sails in disputed South China Sea amid trade tensions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said one of its warships sailed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal claimed by China in the South China Sea on Sunday, angering Beijing at a time of tense ties between the world's two biggest economies.

U.S. carrier puts on show of 'commitment', not power, in South China Sea

ABOARD THE USS CARL VINSON, South China Sea (Reuters) - The flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson shakes as a succession of F-18 fighter jets are catapulted into take-off, emitting a thunderous noise and leaving white mist in their wake.

China says U.S.-Philippines base deal raises questions

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Monday agreements like the one reached last week by the United States and the Philippines allowing for a U.S. military presence at five Philippine bases raised questions about militarisation in the South China Sea.

China hits back at U.S. criticism over South China Sea 'restrictions'

BEIJING (Reuters) - China hit back on Monday at U.S. criticism that it restricts navigation and overflights in the South China Sea amid a festering marine territorial dispute with some of its neighbours.

Angry China shadows U.S. warship near man-made islands

BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China rebuked Washington for sending a U.S. guided-missile destroyer close to one of Beijing's man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea, saying it had tracked and warned the ship and called in the U.S. ambassador to protest.

Australia to join Chinese navy exercises in South China Sea

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Two Australian warships will hold exercises with the Chinese navy in the South China Sea next week, Australia's defence minister said on Thursday, just days after a U.S. navy patrol near a man-made Chinese island in the disputed waters angered Beijing.