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Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Jul. 15, 2019 3:04 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (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. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___...

ASEAN defense ministers discuss security proposals

Jul. 11, 2019 4:32 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Defense ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations met Thursday in the Thai capital to discuss issues including border controls, terrorism and illegal fishing. The host, Thai Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, said the annual get-together of the ministers "guarantees...

Japan's biggest warship offers clue to military ambitions

Jul. 3, 2019 6:32 AM EDT

ABOARD THE JS IZUMO (AP) — One of Japan's largest warships, the helicopter carrier Izumo, offers a glimpse of where its military is headed: For the first time, troops from a newly formed amphibious brigade of Japan's army participated in an extended naval deployment. The Izumo left Subic, a former U.S....

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Jul. 1, 2019 1:10 AM EDT

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 oil and gas reserves: ___ EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look...

Report: China fighters buzz Canada warship in East China Sea

Jun. 27, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A report says two Chinese fighter jets buzzed a Canadian warship operating in international waters in the East China Sea at a time of heightened tension between Beijing and Ottawa. Canadian Global Affairs Institute fellow Matthew Fisher wrote that the Su-30 fighters flew within 300 meters...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Jun. 24, 2019 1:04 AM EDT

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 oil and gas reserves: ___ EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look...

ASEAN leaders call for restraint amid sea row, US-China rift

Jun. 23, 2019 6:11 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders on Sunday pressed their call for self-restraint in the disputed South China Sea and renewed their alarm over the U.S.-China trade war, with one leader warning it may spiral out of control. The long-raging territorial conflicts and the protracted dispute between the...

US-China trade war, sea row in ASEAN summit spotlight

Jun. 22, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders will commit to conclude a long-delayed regional trade pact this year despite lingering odds to fend off risks from a protracted U.S.-China trade war when they gather for a weekend summit in Thailand. The Chinese sinking of a Philippine boat, which endangered 22...

Ex-Filipino diplomat who sued Xi barred entry to Hong Kong

Jun. 21, 2019 6:22 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A former Philippine foreign secretary who accused in an international court Chinese President Xi Jinping of crimes against humanity said he was barred from entering Hong Kong on Friday and held at the airport for hours. Former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario told The...

Duterte calls for calm over Chinese sinking of fishing boat

Jun. 17, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president on Monday called the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat that was hit by a Chinese vessel in the disputed South China Sea "a little maritime accident" and urged calm amid an outcry. Twenty-two crewmen aboard the sunken boat were rescued by a Vietnamese...