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WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - The United States should do nothing to harm China's sovereignty and security in the South China Sea, China's foreign minister told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday, ahead of a key court ruling on China's South China Sea claims.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's government sought to downplay fears of conflict in the South China Sea after an influential state-run newspaper said on Tuesday that Beijing should prepare for military confrontation.
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's new defence minister said on Monday the island would not recognise any air defence zone declared by China over the South China Sea, as the island's top security agency warned such a move could usher in a wave of regional tension.
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China and the United States should manage their differences over disputed waters in the South China Sea constructively, one of China's top military officials has said.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China "really needs" its defences in the South China Sea in the face of a militarisation process being pushed by the United States, and can deploy whatever equipment it wants on its own soil, China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday.
LONDON/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - China's growing military presence in the South China Sea has drawn warnings from the United States that Beijing is seeking to exert control over one of the world's most important sea lanes, but so far the shipping industry seems less concerned.
HONG KONG/MANILA (Reuters) - When an international court ruled in late October that it had jurisdiction to hear a case filed by the Philippines against China over the disputed South China Sea, Beijing dismissed the decision, saying it would "lead to nothing".
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The United States and Japan are pushing to get concerns about the South China Sea included in a statement to be issued after regional defence talks in Malaysia despite Chinese objections to any mention of the disputed waterway, officials said.
ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, South China Sea (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter flew to a U.S. aircraft carrier transiting the disputed South China Sea on Thursday and blamed China for rising tension in the region on a visit sure to infuriate Beijing.
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - China is lobbying Southeast Asian nations to drop any reference to concerns over the South China Sea in a statement to be issued after regional defence talks in Malaysia, a diplomatic push that reflects growing tension over China's man-made islands.China's push could cast into doubt a signing ceremony traditionally held with ministers of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) set for Wednesday afternoon, a senior U.S. defence official said. "The reason is because the Chinese lobbied to keep any reference to the South China Sea out of the final joint declaration," the senior U.S. defence official said early on Wednesday, on condition of anonymity.