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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.

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Kerry says U.S. will not accept restrictions in South China Sea

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday accused China of restricting navigation and overflights in the disputed South China Sea, despite giving assurances that such movements would not be impeded.

World

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.

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Exclusive: In rare move, French warship passes through Taiwan Strait

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A French warship passed through the strategic Taiwan Strait this month, U.S. officials told Reuters, a rare voyage by a vessel of a European country that is likely to be welcomed by Washington but increase tension with Beijing.

Nation

PM: Presence of warships in area sending wrong signal

PUTRAJAYA: The presence of warships in the South China Sea and Straits of Malacca is sending the “wrong signal” which is not healthy for peace and stability in the area, says the Prime Minister.

World

U.S. weighs more South China Sea patrols to confront 'new reality' of China

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The United States is considering intensified naval patrols in the South China Sea in a bid to challenge China's growing militarisation of the waterway, actions that could further raise the stakes in one of the world's most volatile areas.

World

Mattis says U.S. to continue operations in South China Sea

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday that the United States would continue to confront what Washington sees as China's militarization of islands in the South China Sea, despite drawing condemnation from Beijing for an operation in the region over the weekend.

World

Concrete and coral - Beijing's South China Sea building boom fuels concerns

HONG KONG/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - At first glance from above it looks like any clean and neatly planned small town, complete with sports grounds, neat roads and large civic buildings. 

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British warship to sail in disputed sea

BEIJING: Britain will sail a warship through the South China Sea to assert the right of free passage, the country’s defence chief was quoted as saying, potentially increasing friction with China, which claims virtually the entire strategic waterway.

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China accuses U.S. warship of violating its sovereignty

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near a disputed territory claimed by China in the South China Sea earlier in the week, U.S. officials said on Saturday, as China's foreign ministry said it would take "necessary measures" to ensure protection of its sovereignty.