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AseanPlus News 01 Nov 2015 | 12:00 AM

China, US will not give way in South China Sea fight

THE challenge mounted last week by the US navy to China’s maritime expansion in the South China Sea highlights the confrontation in east Asia between the world’s two major powers in one of the more important, but least noticed, global flashpoints.

Philippines 28 Nov 2013 | 1:53 PM

Philippines fears China wants South China Sea air control

MANILA, Nov 28, 2013 (AFP) - The Philippines expressed concern Thursday that China may seek control of air space over contested areas of the South China Sea, after Beijing declared an air defence zone above other disputed waters.

AseanPlus News 18 Apr 2015 | 12:00 AM

China building airstrip in disputed South China Sea

BEIJING: China is rapidly building an airstrip on an artificial island in disputed South China Sea waters, recent satellite pictures showed, potentially ramping up tensions with several South-East Asian neighbours.

Philippines 19 Jul 2015 | 7:49 PM

Philippines cheers growing outcry over South China Sea

Manila (AFP) - The Philippines on Sunday hailed what it termed growing international support for its efforts to counter China's claims to most of the South China Sea.

World 18 Oct 2015 | 12:00 AM

China reassures regional nations over South China Sea claims

BEIJING: Beijing sought to soothe tensions over its South China Sea claims, saying it will avoid the use of force in the region as the US ponders sending warships close to territory claimed by the Asian giant.

AseanPlus News 22 Sep 2015 | 12:11 PM

New Australian PM urges Beijing to cool tensions in South China Sea

SYDNEY: Australia’s new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has advised China to ease off on island construction in the South China Sea if it wants a reduced US presence in the region.

China 17 Oct 2015 | 11:32 AM

Beijing tries to soothe South China Sea jitters

BEIJING (AFP) - Beijing sought to soothe tensions over its South China Sea claims Saturday, saying it will avoid the use of force in the region as the US ponders sending war ships close to territory claimed by the Asian giant.

Philippines 27 Aug 2015 | 9:29 PM

Philippines seeks US ‘assistance’ in South China Sea

MANILA: The Philippines has asked the US to provide military “assistance” in resupplying and rotating Manila’s forces in the South China Sea because they face harassment from regional power China, a military spokesman said Thursday.

China 11 Aug 2014 | 1:48 PM

China hits out at US proposal on South China Sea

BEIJING, Aug 11, 2014 (AFP) - China accused the US of deliberately stoking tensions in the South China Sea as it rejected Washington's proposal for a freeze on provocative actions in the region, the foreign ministry said Monday.

China 15 Jun 2014 | 12:02 PM

South China Sea trade routes safe despite rows

MANILA, June 15, 2014 (AFP) - Despite territorial stand-offs between China and other nations bordering the South China Sea, analysts say governments know better than to choke off the trade shipping routes that are the lifeblood of their economies.