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Panetta seeks closer Sino-U.S. ties as China military expands

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will look for ways to deepen military relations with China during a visit to Asia this week, even as he works to bolster U.S. alliances in the region as part of a strategic shift that Beijing views with concern.

China says South China Sea freedom of navigation 'assured'

BEIJING: Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said Wednesday that nations should enjoy freedom of navigation in the South China Sea and promised that there would never be issues in the tense waterway.

Clinton to seek China sea unity in Indonesia

BRISBANE, Australia: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton headed Monday to Indonesia in hopes of encouraging unity among Southeast Asian nations to manage increasingly tense disputes with China.

China calls in U.S. diplomat over South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Foreign Ministry has called in a senior U.S. diplomat to protest remarks by the U.S. State Department raising concerns over tensions in the disputed South China Sea, in the latest political spat between the two countries.

China calls in U.S. diplomat over South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Foreign Ministry has called in a senior U.S. diplomat to protest against remarks by the U.S. State Department raising concerns over tensions in the contested South China Sea, further intensifying an already fraught territorial dispute.

Philippines refuses to budge on South China Sea row

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino refused to budge on Monday on a territorial dispute with China, asking Beijing to respect Manila's rights in the South China Sea and announcing plans to upgrade military capabilities.

U.S. can defeat any Iranian effort to block oil shipping-Panetta

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has the military capacity to defeat any Iranian attempt to shut down sea commerce in the oil-rich Gulf region and will hold Tehran directly responsible for shipping disruptions, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said on Wednesday.

China frigate heads home, averts S.China Sea standoff

MANILA/BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese frigate grounded in disputed waters close to the Philippines was refloated on Sunday and headed back home, averting a possible standoff with the Philippines navy amid rising tensions in the strategically key South China Sea.

SE Asia meeting in disarray over sea dispute with China

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - A Southeast Asian regional summit ended in acrimony on Friday over China's assertive role in the strategic South China Sea, failing to agree on a concluding joint statement for the first time in its 45-year history.

SE Asia meeting in disarray over sea dispute with China

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - A Southeast Asian regional summit ended in acrimony on Friday over China's assertive role in the strategic South China Sea, failing to agree on a concluding joint statement for the first time in its 45-year history.