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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 Jan. 6, 2020, file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping stands during a welcome ceremony for Kiribati's President Taneti Maamau at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.  Xi will visit neighboring Myanmar amid efforts to strengthen relations with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Jan. 12, 2020 11:14 PM 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 April 10 2017, file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, accompanied by Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi, left, attends a meeting with Myanmar's President Htin Kyaw at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying announced Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, that Xi would visit Myanmar on Jan. 17-18.  (Yohei Kanasashi/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Chinese leader Xi Jinping to visit Myanmar next week

Jan. 10, 2020 3:07 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit neighboring Myanmar next week amid efforts to strengthen relations with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Myanmar has been a close ally in backing China's claims in the South China Sea and a partner in Xi's signature “Belt...

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...

Residents walks beside an outrigger and playground equipment that were damaged by Typhoon Phanfone along a coastline in Ormoc city, central Philippines on Thursday Dec. 26, 2019. The typhoon left over a dozen dead and many homeless. (AP Photo)

Christmas typhoon leaves 28 dead, 12 missing in Philippines

Dec. 26, 2019 9:10 PM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A strong typhoon that barreled through the central Philippines left at least 28 dead and 12 missing, and forced thousands to flee their homes, devastating Christmas celebrations in the predominantly Roman Catholic country. Typhoon Phanfone stranded many people in sea and airports...

In this photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency,  Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, meets with representatives of the aircraft carrier unit and the manufacturer at a naval port in Sanya, south China's Hainan Province, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. President Xi attended the commissioning of China’s first entirely home-built aircraft carrier, underscoring the country's rise as a regional naval power at a time of tensions with the U.S. and others over trade, Taiwan and the South China Sea.(Li Gang/Xinhua News Agency via AP)

China commissions first home-built aircraft carrier

Dec. 17, 2019 10:56 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping attended the commissioning of China’s first entirely home-built aircraft carrier, underscoring the country's rise as a regional naval power at a time of tensions with the U.S. and others over trade, Taiwan and the South China Sea. The Shandong is the second...

In this photo released by U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. John Aquilino talks to reporters during an interview at U.S Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. China's activities in territory it claims in the South China Sea are meant to intimidate other nations in the region, the commander said. Adm. Aquilino said China's actions, including constructing islands in the disputed waters, are intended to project its military capacity. (U.S. Embassy in Bangkok via AP)

US Pacific commander says China seeks to intimidate region

Dec. 13, 2019 7:46 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — China's activities in territory it claims in the South China Sea are meant to intimidate other nations in the region, the commander of the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet said Friday. Adm. John Aquilino said China's actions, including constructing islands in the disputed waters, are intended to...

File - In this Dec. 5, 2019, file photo, Indian school children walk past the visiting Indian Navy warship INS Kirch for a guided tour in Kolkata, India. India's navy says it expelled a Chinese research ship that was conducting illegal activities within Indian waters. The incident was reported earlier this month, although Indian reports said the expulsion took place several weeks ago. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Dec. 9, 2019 12:54 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. ...

Police inspect a truck that was damaged as Typhoon Kammuri slammed Legazpi city, Albay province, southeast of Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Typhoon Kammuri barreled across the Philippine archipelago with fierce rain and wind Tuesday, leaving at least four people dead, forcing tens of thousands of villagers to abandon high-risk communities and prompting officials to shut Manila’s international airport. (AP Photo)

Powerful typhoon leaves at least 4 dead in Philippines

Dec. 3, 2019 7:52 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Typhoon Kammuri barreled across the Philippines with fierce winds and rain Tuesday, leaving at least four people dead, forcing hundreds of thousands of villagers to abandon high-risk communities and prompting officials to shut Manila’s international airport. Kammuri...

FILE - This May 11, 2015, file photo, shows land reclamation of Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. China has reportedly deployed a Zeppelin-like airship to Mischief Reef in the South China Sea. (Ritchie B. Tongo/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Dec. 2, 2019 12:32 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. ___...