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World 07 Jul 2016 | 10:01 AM

China warns U.S. on sovereignty ahead of South China Sea ruling - Xinhua

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.

World 06 Jul 2016 | 5:39 AM

Chinese paper says should prepare for South China Sea armed clash

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.

World 06 Jun 2016 | 4:48 PM

Taiwan says won't recognise Chinese air defence zone over South China Sea

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.

World 13 May 2016 | 12:28 PM

China, U.S. should manage South China Sea differences constructively - Chinese general

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.

World 25 Feb 2016 | 6:41 PM

China says 'really needs' South China Sea defences in face of United States

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.

World 14 Jan 2016 | 11:44 AM

Shipping unscathed as China flights raise South China Sea tension

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.

World 02 Dec 2015 | 11:19 AM

China may pay 'international price' in South China Sea legal case, experts say

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".

World 18 Nov 2015 | 12:07 AM

U.S., Japan push for inclusion of South China Sea in defence forum statement

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.

World 05 Nov 2015 | 6:20 PM

Pentagon chief visits U.S. carrier in disputed South China Sea

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.

World 04 Nov 2015 | 10:35 AM

China lobbying to drop South China Sea from defence forum statement: U.S.

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.