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U.S. Navy says working with partners to defend free flow of commerce and navigation

CAIRO (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet said on Thursday it is working closely with the British Royal Navy as well as regional and global partners to preserve and defend the freedom of navigation, a day after three Iranian vessels tried to block a British-flagged tanker passing through the Strait of Hormuz.

Threats to navigation need international solution - U.S. Central Command

DUBAI (Reuters) - Threats to international freedom of navigation require an international solution, U.S. Central Command said on Thursday, after three Iranian vessels tried to block a British-flagged tanker passing through the Strait of Hormuz.

Pompeo discusses ensuring stability of energy markets with Saudi king and crown prince

RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held discussions on Monday with Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on ensuring stability in energy markets and freedom of navigation, Saudi Arabia's ambassador designate to Washington said.

China's top paper says U.S. forcing China to accelerate South China Sea deployments

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's top newspaper, decrying Washington as a trouble-maker, said on Monday U.S. moves in the South China Sea like last week's freedom of navigation operation will only cause China to strengthen its deployments in the disputed waterway.

China military says aware of U.S. carrier in South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's defence ministry said on Thursday it was aware of the presence of a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group in the South China Sea and China respected freedom of navigation for all countries in the waters there.

White House confirms freedom-of-navigation operation in South China Sea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House confirmed on Friday that a U.S. Navy warship

Australian military plane flies over disputed South China Sea

SYDNEY: An Australian military surveillance plane has flown near disputed areas of the South China Sea, it emerged Wednesday, with the crew heard warning China’s navy it was on a freedom of navigation mission.

Australian military plane flies over disputed South China Sea

SYDNEY: An Australian military surveillance plane has flown near disputed areas of the South China Sea, it emerged Wednesday, with the crew heard warning China's navy it was on a freedom of navigation mission.

White House advisor says U.S. activity in South China Sea will continue

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said on Monday that there would be more demonstrations of the United States’ commitment to the freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea.

U.S. lawmakers call Chinese actions in South China Sea 'troubling'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Six U.S. senators urged their colleagues on Friday to support legislation reaffirming U.S. support for freedom of navigation, saying they consider China's recent actions in the South China Sea troubling.