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U.S., Japan, India and Philippines challenge Beijing with naval drills in the South China Sea

TOKYO (Reuters) - In fresh show of naval force in the contested South China Sea, a U.S. guided missile destroyer conducted drills with a Japanese aircraft carrier, two Indian naval ships and a Philippine patrol vessel in the waterway claimed by China, the U.S. Navy said on Thursday.

Two U.S. warships sail in disputed South China Sea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said two of its warships sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Monday, a move that angered Beijing at a time of tense ties between the world's two biggest economies.

Special Report: China's vast fleet is tipping the balance in the Pacific

TAIPEI (Reuters) - A generation ago, from mid-1995 into early 1996, China lobbed missiles in the waters around Taiwan as the self-governing island prepared to hold its first fully democratic presidential election. Washington forcefully intervened to support its ally, sending two aircraft carrier battle groups to patrol nearby. The carriers, then as now the spearhead of American power, intimidated Beijing. The vote went ahead. The missiles stopped.

Dr M’s China meet puts investors at ease

TUN Dr Mahathir Mohamad had a productive outing here, especially in restoring the confidence of Chinese investors who were unsure of the direction of bilateral ties after the change of government following the 14th General Election.

Two U.S. Navy warships sail through strategic Taiwan Strait

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said it sent two Navy warships through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday as the Pentagon increases the frequency of movement through the strategic waterway despite opposition from China.

Iran says leaving nuclear treaty one of many options after U.S. sanctions move

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Sunday it could quit a treaty against the spread of nuclear weapons after the United States tightens sanctions, while an Iranian general said the U.S. Navy was interacting as before with an elite military unit blacklisted by Washington.

Malaysia’s Mahathir backs China’s belt and road but insists on open trade routes

The leader has turned from vocal critic to firm supporter of Beijing’s grand plan after a rejigged rail link deal

No wind-down for China on stopping its Iran oil buys - Trump officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Trump administration officials said on Friday that neither a wind-down period nor a short-term waiver on China's oil purchases from Iran are being contemplated after Washington surprised Iran’s customers on Monday by demanding they halt the purchases by May 1 or face sanctions.

China expresses regret South China Sea issue has harmed UK ties

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua expressed regret on Thursday to visiting Chancellor Philip Hammond that the South China Sea issue had harmed ties, after a British warship sailed close to islands claimed by China last August.

Exclusive: In rare move, French warship passes through Taiwan Strait

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A French warship passed through the strategic Taiwan Strait this month, U.S. officials told Reuters, a rare voyage by a vessel of a European country that is likely to be welcomed by Washington but increase tension with Beijing.