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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Clinton warns against threats in South China Sea dispute

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday urged rival claimants to the South China Sea not to resort to threats and intimidation in the potentially oil-rich waters, an indirect reference to China at the start of a regional meeting.

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ASEAN wants UN law to settle South China Sea dispute

PHNOM PENH: Southeast Asian states want a UN maritime convention to be the basis for settling competing claims in the South China Sea, a draft document agreed by foreign ministers showed on Tuesday.

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Access to Pacific harbours key to U.S. strategy - Panetta

CAM RANH BAY, Vietnam (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited a deep-water Vietnamese port near the contested South China Sea on Sunday, calling access to such harbours critical as the U.S. shifts 60 percent of its warships to the Asia-Pacific by 2020.

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Access to Pacific harbours key to U.S. strategy - Panetta

CAM RANH BAY, Vietnam (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited a deep-water Vietnamese port near the contested South China Sea on Sunday, calling access to such harbours critical as the U.S. shifts 60 percent of its warships to the Asia-Pacific by 2020.

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Panetta to explain U.S. strategic shift to Asian allies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will brief allies on the U.S. strategic shift toward Asia and will seek to allay concerns that fiscal uncertainty could undermine Washington's commitment to the effort as he begins a week-long visit to the region this weekend.