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The Great Game: Is Britain playing both sides in China-Vietnam standoff?
Just a day after the UK pledged to bolster its support for Vietnam, the British government has promised China almost identical defense cooperation – despite the fact that the two Asian nations are teetering on the edge of a potential armed standoff. Read Full Article at RT.com
157 points by Russia Today | South China Sea United Kingdom British Empire People's Republic of China Xinhua News Agency People's Liberation Army Spratly Islands Suez Crisis
Leaving Asia, Obama predicts U.S. tilt toward region will be lasting
VIENTIANE, Laos — President Obama ended his final trip to Asia on Thursday with a brisk defense of his “Asia pivot” policy and an impatient dismissal of those who suggested his bumpy reception in the region this week augured doubts about America’s long-term role.
-1 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | United States President of the United States Southeast Asia Barack Obama Philippines South China Sea Inauguration of Barack Obama George W. Bush
China's Li tells Duterte he hopes ties can get back on normal track
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte he hopes the two countries can work together to bring bilateral ties back to a normal track, the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement posted on its website on Friday.
663 points by Reuters | South China Sea Southeast Asia United States Reuters People's Republic of China Thomson Reuters Philippines China
Beijing talks ‘revitalized’ trade & financial ties with Philippines as Duterte spews vitriol on US
China and the Philippines, traditionally the US’ closest ally in Southeast Asia, have reportedly discussed “revitalizing” bilateral ties in such key areas as tourism and customs, amid President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent harsh rhetoric for US officials. Read Full Article at RT.com
2334 points by Russia Today | Southeast Asia ASEAN Philippines South China Sea United States Barack Obama East Asia Manila
Southeast Asian Nations Moderate Tone With China in Sea Dispute
China declared a diplomatic win after Southeast Asian leaders demurred on joining U.S.-led criticism of Beijing’s defiance against an international ruling that rejected China’s claims in the South China Sea.
384 points by The Wall Street Journal | Southeast Asia South China Sea United Nations Southern United States Asia East China Sea People's Republic of China Vietnam
Britain & Vietnam cozy up on defense amid deepening South China Sea dispute
Britain and Vietnam are building fresh ties after their respective defense ministers quietly met to discuss future cooperation. The move comes as Vietnam scopes out potential new allies to strengthen its hand against China. Read Full Article at RT.com
384 points by Russia Today | Southeast Asia Philippines South China Sea Vietnam United Kingdom Asia Suez Crisis British Empire
Beijing's silence on Hong Kong election underscores a fundamental conundrum for China
This week, Hong Kong sent mainland China a stinging rejection of its authority and a brash demand for greater political freedom. Beijing barely acknowledged it.   As voters showed up in record numbers Sunday to catapult a handful of young, more radical citizens to Hong Kong’s legislature, mainland...
41 points by Los Angeles Times | Mainland China Hong Kong People's Republic of China China University of Hong Kong Mainland South China Sea Qing Dynasty
Russia could gain from backing China in South China Sea disputes
Nikolai Litovkin, Russia Beyond the Headlines Three ships and two support ships of the Pacific Fleet have left Russia to take part in the upcoming Russian-Chinese naval exercises in the South China Sea.
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After Edward Snowden Fled U.S., Asylum Seekers in Hong Kong Took Him In
At least four people seeking refuge in the city have come forward to describe how they secretly hosted the former National Security Agency contractor in June 2013.
1612 points by The New York Time | Refugee Right of asylum Canada Australia Hong Kong South China Sea Displaced person Skyscraper
After Obama insult, US and Clinton call for Duterte to show respect
The US State Department and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stressed the need for ties with the Philippines to be based on mutual respect, after Manila's new leader raised worries about the future of the key alliance by calling President Barack Obama a "son of a bitch".
151 points by | United States Philippines South China Sea President of the United States Southeast Asia United States Secretary of State United States Department of State Spratly Islands
Japan to provide Philippines with 2 large patrol vessels
Aiming to restrain China's unilateral advances in the South China Sea, Japan has decided to provide two large patrol vessels to the Philippines to help strengthen that country's maritime security capabilities. Japan will provide 90-meter (295-foot) patrol vessels, the largest that Japan has ever...
480 points by Chicago Tribune | United States Philippines South China Sea Southeast Asia Spratly Islands Barack Obama Corazon Aquino Ferdinand Marcos
Obama says work must continue to resolve disputes in South China Sea
China has claimed virtually all of the South China Sea.       
56 points by USA Today | Southeast Asia Philippines United States South China Sea President of the United States Laos Vietnam ASEAN
South China Sea row tops ASEAN summit agenda
Tepid criticism in draft statement of meetings in Vientiane seen as reflection of China's economic and military clout.
549 points by Al Jazeera English | Southeast Asia Philippines ASEAN South China Sea Laos United States Barack Obama Vietnam
Is China building more islands?
Is China building more islands in the disputed waters of the South China Sea?
476 points by CNN | Southeast Asia South China Sea Philippines Singapore United States Barack Obama People's Republic of China Spratly Islands
Obama wraps up nine-day Asia-Pacific trip
China has claimed virtually all of the South China Sea.         
56 points by Arizona Republic | United States President of the United States Southeast Asia Philippines South China Sea Laos United States Constitution United States presidential election
Obama, Duterte meet days after slur
President Barack Obama said he shook hands with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte at a regional summit on Thursday, two days after canceling a bilateral meeting over Duterte’s use of a profane epithet while talking about Obama.
3 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Barack Obama Southeast Asia United States Philippines President of the United States South China Sea Inauguration of Barack Obama Democratic Party
Asia leaders tiptoe around South China Sea tensions
VIENTIANE (Reuters) - Asian leaders played down tensions over the South China Sea in a carefully worded summit statement on Thursday, but even before it was issued Beijing voiced frustration with countries outside the region "interfering" in tussles over the strategic waterway.
256 points by Reuters | United States Southeast Asia Philippines Barack Obama South China Sea ASEAN Democratic Party President of the United States
Days after slur, Obama and Duterte of Philippines meet briefly
VIENTIANE, Laos — It was brief and it was only pleasantries, but President Barack Obama and President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines spoke to each other Wednesday, just two days after Mr. Duterte’s profane outburst prompted Mr. Obama to cancel their first meeting.
-1 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Southeast Asia Philippines Barack Obama South China Sea Democratic Party President of the United States United States Vietnam War
South China Sea row overshadows Asean summit
Summit gets under way in Laos as Philippines releases photos purportedly showing Chinese boats near disputed areas.
-1 points by Al Jazeera English | Philippines Southeast Asia South China Sea Island Barack Obama Spratly Islands President of the United States ASEAN
Duterte regrets cursing Obama

57707 points by CNN | Philippines Human rights United States Extrajudicial punishment Mindanao South China Sea Southeast Asia Drug addiction
Ahead of summit, Philippines shows images of Chinese boats at disputed shoal
VIENTIANE (Reuters) - The Philippines' defense ministry released pictures on Wednesday showing what it said were Chinese boats near a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, just hours before Southeast Asian nations were due to meet China's premier at a summit in Laos.
2695 points by Reuters | Southeast Asia United States Philippines South China Sea ASEAN Barack Obama President of the United States Spratly Islands
Bad Luck and Worse Manners Tarnish Obama’s Asia Trip
The trip brought progress, but it was marred by a chaotic arrival ceremony in China and an ugly personal outburst from the Philippine president.
5829 points by The New York Time | President of the United States United States Philippines South China Sea Barack Obama Bill Clinton Laos Democratic Party
Beijing Defends Its Right to Guard South China Sea With Arms
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang made an unusually elaborate defense of Beijing’s deployment of military gear on artificial islands in the South China Sea, saying the disputed facilities were partly intended to protect maritime trade and air routes.
-1 points by The Wall Street Journal | South China Sea People's Republic of China Pacific Ocean Australia Island Canberra Artificial island East China Sea
Did Rex Tillerson misspeak or intentionally kowtow to China?
During his visit to Beijing last weekend, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made a strange move - adopting Chinese verbiage to characterize the U.S.-China relationship. Both before and after his meetings with his Chinese counterpart, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Tillerson said that "the U.S.-China...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Barack Obama People's Republic of China United States China South China Sea Republic of China Democratic Party Inauguration of Barack Obama
Philippines’ Duterte blames past US inactivity for tensions in South China Sea
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has accused the US former administration of taking no action when China began building artificial islands in the South China Sea, which he said resulted in the current strained situation in the region. Read Full Article at RT.com
-1 points by Russia Today | United States South China Sea Barack Obama Philippines Spratly Islands Southeast Asia President of the United States Democratic Party
South China Sea standoff: Beijing denies plans to build on disputed shoal
China has denied it is planning to build an environmental monitoring station on Scarborough Shoal, a disputed landmass it has controlled since 2012 despite objections from the Philippines. Read Full Article at RT.com
-1 points by Russia Today | South China Sea Spratly Islands Philippines Luzon Manila Southeast Asia Metro Manila Scarborough Shoal
China asks US to respect air defense ID zone after report of B-1 flyover
China says the US should respect its self-declared air defense identification zone (ADIZ), after a report alleged that a US bomber illegally flew inside the area in the East China Sea. Read Full Article at RT.com
-1 points by Russia Today | East China Sea Japan South Korea Taiwan Senkaku Islands People's Republic of China South China Sea Pacific Ocean
6 arrested after teen girl cliques brawl in West Philly

-1 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Philadelphia South China Sea The Philadelphia Inquirer SEPTA Casino Hong Kong Match Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting
China is not militarizing South China Sea, Premier Li says
SYDNEY (Reuters) - China is not militarizing the South China Sea, Premier Li Keqiang said on Friday, although he acknowledged that defense equipment on islands in the disputed waterway had been placed there to maintain "freedom of navigation".
-1 points by Reuters | United States Mitch McConnell South China Sea Reuters United States Senate NATO Party leaders of the United States Senate Thomson Reuters
5-ton marble elephant to grace City Park Stadium
GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - There will be a permanent guest at the City Park Stadium: A 5-ton marble elephant. The marble elephant will be planted at the stadium - the home of Gainesville Red Elephants' football, soccer and lacrosse teams, the Times of Gainesville (http://bit.ly/2kNRPG5) reported. The statue will be ...
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US carrier sent on ‘routine’ operation in tense South China Sea
As tensions mount between the US and China over the South China Sea, the US Navy has sent an aircraft carrier on “routine operations” in the disputed waterway. The Navy announced the deployment of the USS Carl Vinson and guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer to the South China Sea in a statement released on...
63 points by New York Post | South China Sea Navy United States USS Carl Vinson Cruiser Aircraft carrier Carl Vinson Battleship
U.S. Navy deploys aircraft carrier to South China Sea
Andrew V. PestanoFeb. 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy said it has deployed its USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier to conduct training operations in the disputed waters of the South China Sea.
71 points by UPI | South China Sea Spratly Islands Barack Obama Paracel Islands United States Democratic Party Hainan John McCain
U.S. deploys aircraft carrier to South China Sea
Andrew V. PestanoFeb. 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy said it has deployed its USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier to conduct training operations in the disputed waters of the South China Sea.
1 points by UPI | South China Sea Spratly Islands Barack Obama Paracel Islands United States Democratic Party Hainan John McCain
U.S. deploys carrier to contentious South China Sea
U.S. sends aircraft carrier despite Beijing’s warnings not to challenge its sovereignty in the resource-rich sea.         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | South China Sea Diplomacy United States South China Sea Islands United States Navy Spratly Islands Republic of China P-3 Orion
US carrier in 'routine' patrols in South China Sea
The United States deployed aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to the disputed waters of the South China Sea on Saturday as part of maritime "routine operations."
32 points by CNN | South China Sea People's Republic of China East China Sea Southeast Asia Republic of China China Japan Taiwan
US aircraft carrier group deployed for ‘routine patrols’ in S. China Sea
Ignoring repeated warnings from Beijing not to aggravate tensions in Southeast Asia, the US Navy has deployed an aircraft carrier strike group for “routine” maritime patrols in the vicinity of the disputed South China Sea waters. Read Full Article at RT.com
32 points by Russia Today | South China Sea Barack Obama East China Sea Spratly Islands South China Sea Islands Aircraft carrier People's Republic of China United States
U.S. carrier group patrols in South China Sea: U.S. navy
(Reuters) - A United States aircraft carrier strike group has begun patrols in the South China Sea, the U.S. navy said on Saturday, amid renewed tension over the disputed waterway.
638 points by Reuters | United States United States Navy South China Sea Reuters Aircraft carrier Thomson Reuters Navy Nimitz class aircraft carrier
China wraps up exercise with three warships in South China Sea
BEIJING (Reuters) - Three Chinese warships on Friday wrapped up a week of scheduled training exercises in the South China Sea, state media said, shortly after China's sole aircraft carrier tested its weapons in the disputed region.
121 points by Reuters | News agency United States Reuters South China Sea Xinhua News Agency United States Navy Thomson Reuters Multilingual news services
China warns U.S. against fresh naval patrols in South China Sea
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday warned Washington against challenging its sovereignty, responding to reports the United States was planning fresh naval patrols in the disputed South China Sea.
1200 points by Reuters | South China Sea Southeast Asia Spratly Islands Pacific Ocean United States Navy Reuters United States Thomson Reuters
Beijing ‘gravely concerned & firmly opposed’ to US support of Japan’s territorial claims
China has once again reminded Washington that it will defend its “national sovereignty and territorial integrity” in the South and East China Seas, urging the US to exercise "prudence" in extending its commitment to allies in the region. Read Full Article at RT.com
620 points by Russia Today | East China Sea Japan Taiwan Senkaku Islands South China Sea United States Ryukyu Islands People's Republic of China
Opinion: Why Trump backed down on 'One China'
On Feb 10, the world was surprised by a phone call between US president Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
192 points by CNN | People's Republic of China Ivanka Trump China South China Sea Jared Kushner Donald Trump East China Sea One-China policy
Trump reaffirms U.S.-Japan security alliance in bid to soothe fears in Tokyo
The president warmly greeted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a White House summit, in words and hugs.
204 points by The Washington Post | President of the United States White House Pacific Ocean United States President People's Republic of China South China Sea George W. Bush
China gets an early win off Trump, but many battles remain
BEIJING (Reuters) - Combining public bluster with behind-the-scenes diplomacy, China wrested a concession from the United States as the two presidents spoke for the first time this week, but Beijing may not be able to derive much comfort from the win on U.S. policy toward Taiwan.
-2 points by Reuters | Republic of China Taiwan Chen Shui-bian People's Republic of China Kuomintang Democratic Progressive Party Political status of Taiwan South China Sea
Analysis: After Trump's sweet talk with China, conflicts remain
Disputes persist over trade, China expansion in South China Sea and volatile North Korea.         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | North Korea South Korea People's Republic of China South China Sea Korea World War II Republic of China East China Sea
China buzzes Navy plane over South China Sea
China's provocation in the South China Sea is its first challenge to Trump in the region       
193 points by USA Today | Surveillance aircraft United States Department of Defense Pacific Ocean East China Sea South China Sea People's Republic of China Aircraft United States Marine Corps
Trump commits to security of Japan
"We will work together to promote our shared interests, of which we have many," Trump said after a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shin...       
13410 points by USA Today | United States President of the United States World War II White House George W. Bush President South China Sea United States Department of Defense
U.S., China military planes come inadvertently close over South China Sea
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy P-3 plane and a Chinese military aircraft came close to each other over the South China Sea in an incident the Navy believes was inadvertent, a U.S. official told Reuters on Thursday.
506 points by Reuters | South China Sea Pacific Ocean People's Republic of China Philippines Republic of China Hong Kong United States Thomson Reuters
U.S., Chinese planes have 'unsafe' encounter in South China Sea
Andrew V. PestanoFeb. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. officials said U.S. Navy and Chinese aircraft had an "unsafe" close encounter in the South China Sea after flying within 1,000 feet of each other.
66 points by UPI | P-3 Orion Pacific Ocean United States Navy South China Sea People's Liberation Army People's Republic of China United States United States Pacific Fleet
US, Chinese aircraft in 'unsafe' encounter over S. China Sea
BEIJING (AP) - A Chinese early warning aircraft and U.S. Navy patrol plane had an "unsafe" encounter over the South China Sea this week, the U.S. Pacific Command said Friday, in the first such incident known to have taken place under President Donald Trump's administration. The interaction between a Chinese ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | People's Republic of China Military People's Liberation Army Pacific Ocean South China Sea Fighter aircraft Navy Vietnam
Trump tells Xi Jinping: U.S. will honor 'One China' policy
The White House and China’s state broadcaster CCTV said the two spoke by phone Thursday evening.       
17874 points by USA Today | People's Republic of China Republic of China United States President of the United States South China Sea Kuomintang East China Sea Harry S. Truman