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China Give Assurance To Reduce Tension In South China Sea – Najib

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  MANILA – China has given a positive response to reduce tension in South China Sea, including freedom to sail and fly in the disputed area. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said his counterpart from China, Li Keqiang had during the ASEAN-China summit today said South China Sea will become an “anchor of peace…

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Beijing Sees U.S. Drone As Part Of South China Sea Spying Efforts

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BEIJING (Reuters) – An underwater drone taken by a Chinese naval vessel in the South China Sea last week is part of U.S. surveillance efforts in the disputed waterway, but Beijing won’t likely make a big fuss about its handover, Chinese state media and experts said. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who has vowed to take…

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Issue In South China Sea Must Be Handled Through Negotiations

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VIENTIANE – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak pointed out that Malaysia holds the stand that issues concerning security in the South China Sea must be tackled through negotiations and that everyone should not take any action that could cause tension in the maritime region. The Prime Minister, in his intervention at the 29th…

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Japan Calls For China Restraint In South China Sea

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  TOKYO – Japan on Monday called on China to refrain from taking unilateral actions after the Philippines claimed that Beijing has deployed large vessels, possibly dredgers, to the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, Japan’s Jiji Press reported. China’s action was aimed at further establishing its presence in the area, and this…

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China Says New Satellite Will Help Safeguard Interests At Sea

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SHANGHAI: A newly launched satellite will help China protect its maritime interests, the official China Daily newspaper reported on Thursday (Aug 11) amid growing tensions over disputed territory in the South China Sea. The “Gaofen 3” satellite that was launched on Wednesday has a radar system that captures images from space with a resolution down…

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U.S. Says Its Forces Will Keep Operating In South China Sea

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BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. military forces will continue to operate in the South China Sea in accordance with international law, the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson said on Wednesday during a visit to a Chinese naval base. China has refused to recognise a ruling by an arbitration court in The Hague that invalidated…

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Taiwan Sends Warship To South China Sea

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TAIPEI: A Taiwanese warship set sail for the South China Sea on Wednesday “to defend Taiwan’s maritime territory”, a day after an international tribunal ruled China has no historic rights in the waterway and undermined Taipei’s claims to islands there. President Tsai Ing-wen rallied troops on the deck of the frigate, saying Taiwanese were determined…

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Malaysia Urges For Dialogues In South China Sea Dispute

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia wants China and all relevant parties involved in the South China Sea maritime claims to find constructive ways to develop healthy dialogues, negotiations and consultations. Wisma Putra in a statement on Wednesday said Kuala Lumpur believed “all relevant parties can peacefully resolve disputes by full respect for diplomatic and legal processes and…

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South China Sea Reefs ‘Decimated’ As Giant Clams Harvested In Bulk

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TANMEN, China: Ornaments made from the shells of endangered giant clams, renowned in China for having auspicious powers and the luster of ivory, have become coveted luxuries, a trend which has wreaked havoc on the ecosystem of the South China Sea. China banned harvesting of giant clams last year but in the tiny seaside town…

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Filipino Fishermen Say China Blocking Access

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MANILA – China has stationed up to five ships around a disputed atoll in the South China Sea, preventing Filipino fishermen from accessing traditional fishing grounds, media in the Philippines reported on Wednesday. In a move that would likely raise tensions in the disputed region, the Philippine Star newspaper said China began deploying ships to…

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South China Sea: Vietnam Says China Moved Oil Rig Into Contested Waters

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HONG KONG – Vietnam has pressed China to withdraw an oil rig from disputed waters in the South China Sea, potentially leading to a re-run of a 2014 standoff between the two neighbors. The country’s foreign ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh said Tuesday that China had moved its Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig to an…

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South China Sea Is Chinese Territory – China’s President Xi

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SINGAPORE – The South China Sea is Chinese territory, Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a speech in Singapore Saturday, according to Chinese state-run media. Xi added that his nation would settle disputes over contested waters with other powers in the region, China has recently built artificial islands in the sea on top of previously…

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