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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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
Islamic State links to Philippine militants 'very strong': minister
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines is certain of "very strong" links between Islamic State and home-grown militants and is concerned about regional repercussions from tension between China and the new U.S. administration, Manila's defense minister said on Thursday.
72 points by Reuters | United States Philippines South China Sea Saudi Arabia World War II Spratly Islands Middle East Southeast Asia
China says United States should 'brush up on' South China Sea history
BEIJING (Reuters) - The United States needs to brush up on its history about the South China Sea, as World War Two-related agreements mandated that all Chinese territories taken by Japan had to be returned to China, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in Australia.
349 points by Reuters | South China Sea United States Southeast Asia Republic of China Philippines South China Sea Islands Spratly Islands World War II
Japan supports but won’t join US ‘freedom of navigation’ patrols in South China Sea
Japanese Self Defense forces will not participate in US military patrols in the vicinity of South China Sea, the country Defense Minister clarified, a day after US and Japan agreed to enhance engagement in the disputed maritime region. Read Full Article at RT.com
1199 points by Russia Today | South China Sea United States Department of Defense Spratly Islands Philippines Pacific Ocean Joint Chiefs of Staff Southeast Asia Lyndon B. Johnson
Opinion: China preparing to test Trump?
Major geopolitical crises have a way of greeting US presidents soon after taking office. Nazi Germany's withdrawal from the League of Nations in 1933, the Soviet-led construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, the Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964 -- all were among the most daunting tests of US foreign policy in the past century, and all came less than a year into the tenures of new US administrations.
811 points by CNN | South China Sea President of the United States Philippines East China Sea Spratly Islands Military People's Republic of China The Art of War
Vietnam expands South China Sea runway, responds to China
Vietnam is concerned about Chinese expansion on islands in the South China Sea, a vital area for Vietnam's economy. In response, the communist nation is extending a runway on one of the islands it controls nearby to enable the strip to handle combat aircraft. Vietnam holds claim to many islands ...
15 points by The Washington Times | South China Sea People's Republic of China Vietnam Southeast Asia Spratly Islands Philippines Orders of magnitude Communist state
Vietnam extending S. China Sea runway in defiance of Chinese land claims – US think tank
Vietnam is lengthening a runway and building large hangars on a disputed South China Sea island in defiance of Chinese efforts to build military facilities on artificial islands in the troubled region, a US-based think tank said in a report. Read Full Article at RT.com
561 points by Russia Today | Vietnam South China Sea Southeast Asia China Spratly Islands Philippines South China Sea Islands People's Republic of China
Vietnam expanding South China Sea runway: U.S. think tank
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vietnam is extending a runway on an island it claims in the South China Sea in apparent response to China's building of military facilities on artificial islands in the region, a U.S. think tank reported on Thursday.
128 points by Reuters | South China Sea Reuters Thomson Reuters Spratly Islands News agency Southeast Asia Philippines Vietnam
Taiwan asks Google to blur images of its military facilities on disputed South China Sea island
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry has requested Google to blur satellite images it uses in its services of the Itu Aba Island in the contested South China Sea to conceal from public view the new military structures it holds in the area. Read Full Article at RT.com
60 points by Russia Today | Spratly Islands South China Sea Republic of China South China Sea Islands Google Taiwan Itu Aba Island Kaohsiung
‘Grave concern’: Philippines suspects China of attempted reclamation of Scarborough Shoal
The Philippines is “gravely concerned” that China might be planning to build an artificial island on Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, as Beijing has decided to disregard the recent international court decision that barred China from the area. Read Full Article at RT.com
320 points by Russia Today | South China Sea Spratly Islands United States Barack Obama Philippines Southeast Asia Democratic Party President of the United States
Philippines shows photos of what it says are Chinese ships in disputed sea
The Philippine government Wednesday released what it says are surveillance pictures of Chinese coast guard ships and barges at a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, in an apparent diplomatic gambit to publicize its concerns at a regional summit being attended by China's premier and Southeast...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | South China Sea Southeast Asia Philippines Spratly Islands People's Republic of China Vietnam Scarborough Shoal ASEAN
China, Russia begin joint exercises
Chinese and Russian naval forces began joint exercises in the South China Sea on Monday, adding a new twist to ongoing tensions over Chinese island-building in the region.
-1 points by CNN | South China Sea East China Sea Philippines Southeast Asia Spratly Islands People's Republic of China Pacific Ocean South Korea
China, Russia launch South China Sea naval war games
BEIJING (AP) - The Chinese and Russian navies launched eight days of war games in the South China Sea on Monday, in a sign of growing cooperation between their armed forces against the backdrop of regional territorial disputes. The "Joint Sea-2016" maneuvers include ships, submarines, ship-borne helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | South China Sea Pacific Ocean East China Sea Spratly Islands People's Daily Amphibious assault ship People's Liberation Army Navy Navy
Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea
BEIJING (AP) - A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential gas and oil reserves: ___ EDITOR'S NOTE: This is ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | South China Sea Southeast Asia Spratly Islands Coral reef Scarborough Shoal Philippines Barack Obama People's Republic of China
China-Russia launch South China Sea naval wargames
BEIJING (AP) - The Chinese and Russian navies launched eight days of war games in the South China Sea on Monday, in a sign of growing cooperation between their armed forces against the backdrop of regional territorial disputes. The "Joint Sea-2016" maneuvers include surface ships, submarines, ship-borne helicopters and fixed-wing ...
5 points by The Washington Times | South China Sea Southeast Asia Spratly Islands World War II Pacific Ocean United States Navy Royal Marines United States