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FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file photo, Myanmar's President Win Myint, right, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Xi deepened relations with Myanmar during a state visit last week to a neighbor who has been among the most supportive in Beijing’s dispute with other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations over the South China Sea.  (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo, File)

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Jan. 20, 2020 2:50 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2019, file photo, SoftBank founder and Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son speaks during a news conference in Tokyo. Japan's SoftBank is offering to invest $30 billion to $40 billion in the development of a new Indonesian capital, an official said Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (Kyodo News via AP, File)

SoftBank to invest $40 billion for new Indonesia capital

Jan. 17, 2020 6:30 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Japan's SoftBank is offering to invest $30 billion to $40 billion in the development of a new Indonesian capital, an official said Friday. The billionaire founder and chief executive of SoftBank Group Corp., Masayoshi Son, hinted at partnering with the Indonesian government to...

Indonesia: UAE crown prince to lead new capital construction

Jan. 14, 2020 8:14 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Abu Dhabi's crown prince has agreed to lead a committee that will oversee the construction of a new capital city for Indonesia that is estimated to cost $34 billion, an Indonesian official said Tuesday. Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan said it would be “an...

In this photo released Indonesian Presidential Office, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, second right, stands on the deck of Indonesian Navy ship KRI Usman Harun at Selat Lampa Port, Natuna Islands, Indonesia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday visited the Natuna islands that overlap with China's expansive claim to the South China Sea amid heightened tensions over the waters after Beijing recently claimed it was their traditional fishing area. (Agus Soeparto, Indonesian Presidential Office via AP)

Indonesia president visits islands also claimed by China

Jan. 8, 2020 5:39 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday reaffirmed his country's sovereignty during a visit to a group of islands at the edge of the South China Sea that China claims as its traditional fishing area. Widodo, accompanied by top military officials, toured Natuna Islands on a...

Villagers make their way at an area affected by a landslide in Sukajaya, West Java, Indonesia, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. Landslides and floods triggered by torrential downpours have left dozens of people dead in and around Indonesia's capital, as rescuers struggled to search for people apparently buried under tons of mud, officials said Saturday. (AP Photo/Ar Rayyan)

Mudslides, blackouts hamper search after Indonesia floods

Jan. 5, 2020 8:42 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Mudslides and power blackouts hampered the search for people missing in massive floods in Indonesia's capital, where more than 60 people have died and some of the tens of thousands of evacuees were living in damp, cramped emergency shelters. More than a thousand soldiers and...

Children play on a flooded street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. Landslides and floods triggered by torrential downpours have left dozens of people dead in and around Indonesia's capital, as rescuers struggled to search for people apparently buried under tons of mud, officials said Saturday. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Indonesia's flooded capital disinfected to fend off disease

Jan. 5, 2020 6:10 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Soldiers and health workers sprayed Indonesia's capital with disinfectant on Sunday to fend off possible diseases spread by massive flooding that has killed 60 people and affected hundreds of thousands. Monsoon rains and rising rivers submerged a dozen districts in the greater...

A woman rides a tricycle on a flooded street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. Monsoon rains and rising rivers submerged parts of greater Jakarta and caused landslides in Bogor and Depok districts on the city's outskirts as well as in neighboring Lebak, which buried a number of people. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

60 dead in landslides, flash floods in Indonesia's capital

Jan. 4, 2020 10:50 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Landslides and floods triggered by torrential downpours have left at least 60 people dead in and around Indonesia's capital, as rescuers struggled to search for people apparently buried under tons of mud, officials said Saturday. Monsoon rains and rising rivers submerged a dozen...

Men prepare to clean their flooded neighborhood in Tanggerang outside Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. Severe flooding in greater Jakarta has killed scores of people and displaced tens of thousands others, the country's disaster management agency said. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Indonesian capital reels from floods that leave 47 dead

Jan. 3, 2020 8:50 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Tens of thousands of Indonesians were crammed in emergency shelters Saturday waiting for floodwaters to recede in and around the capital, Jakarta, as the death toll from massive New Year's flooding reached 47, officials said. Monsoon rains and rising rivers submerged a dozen...

A young boy sits on a chair in a flooded neighborhood in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. Severe flooding in the capital as residents celebrated the new year has killed scores of people and displaced tens of thousands, the country's disaster management agency said. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Floods in Indonesia capital recede as death toll reaches 30

Jan. 2, 2020 8:25 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Residents of Indonesia's capital who had been forced into shelters by widespread flooding began returning to their homes Thursday as the waters started to recede, though the death toll from the disaster jumped to 30. Monsoon rains and rising rivers submerged at least 182...

Indonesian people wade through floodwaters at Jatibening on the outskirt of Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. Severe flooding hit Indonesia's capital just after residents celebrating New Year's Eve, forcing a closure of an airport and thousands of inhabitants to flee their flooded homes. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

16 dead, thousands caught in flooding in Indonesia's capital

Jan. 1, 2020 9:10 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Severe flooding in Indonesia's capital as residents celebrated the new year has killed at least 16 people, displaced tens of thousands and forced an airport to close, the country's disaster management agency said Thursday. Monsoon rains and rising rivers submerged at least 169...