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Hanoi Sinks Russia's Plans for Vietnamese Naval Base

The Vietnamese Foreign Ministry stated Thursday that it would not allow foreign countries to set up military bases on its territory.

The announcement was perceived as a response to Russian Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov, who said last week that Russia was considering reopening bases in Vietnam and Cuba. [READ MORE]

As Philippines' Duterte visits Vietnam, U.S. jibes hang over new partnership

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte met Vietnam's top leadership on Thursday, aiming to advance a burgeoning alliance that could become increasingly uncertain amid his defiance of the United States and overtures towards China.

Vietnam and the Philippines have drawn closer as China asserts more vigorously its claims of sovereignty in the South China Sea, but Duterte's almost daily jibes against the United States and his positive rhetoric about China may not sit well with Vietnam's leaders and their quieter, more calibrated diplomacy.

The Surprising New Challenge for the US in the South China Sea

Even as it endeavors to unite allies in the South China Sea amidst heightened tensions, the United States has hit upon a roadblock. And it comes from the unlikeliest of quarters – the Philippines.

After a campaign strewn with outlandish comments and violent promises directed against criminals and drug smugglers, Rodrigo Duterte was elected president earlier this year. [READ MORE]

Beijing warns US to stay out of South China Sea dispute

China has sent a coded warning to the United States to stay out of the South China Sea dispute after Beijing was again accused of building permanent structures on islands in the area.

Speaking after talks with rival countries at a regional summit in Laos, premier Li Keqiang said China wanted to work with other countries to “dispel interference” in the contested maritime zone. [READ MORE]

India-Vietnam Relations After Modi's Visit

Amid the changing regional and global political tides, the India-Vietnam partnership is of strategic importance in the Asia-Pacific century.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Vietnam was very timely considering the fact that his government has laid significant importance on strengthening links with Southeast Asian countries through his “Act East Policy.” [READ MORE]

U.S. reiterates support for South China Sea arbitration, peaceful resolution

The United States on Wednesday reiterated its call for the peaceful resolution of territorial disputes in the South China Sea, in response to the setting of a date for a decision in an international court case brought by the Philippines against China.

An arbitration court hearing the dispute between China and the Philippines over the South China Sea will deliver its decision on July 12, it said in a statement on Wednesday. [READ MORE]

Philippines v. China: Decision to Be Released on July 12, 2016

According to a press release issued by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, its verdict in the arbitration between the Philippines and China will be made public on Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

The Republic of Philippines v. The People’s Republic of China, the official name of the case, was initiated in January 2013 by the Philippines, following a difficult 2012 stand-off with China over Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. [READ MORE]

South China Sea set to dominate Singapore security summit

Roiling tensions in the South China Sea are set to dominate Asia's biggest security summit starting in Singapore on Friday, exposing a deepening rivalry between the United States and China ahead of a landmark legal ruling in the Hague.

The unofficial Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD) is the last chance for the two powers to drum up support before a decision from the Permanent Court of Arbitration in a case brought by the Philippines. [READ MORE]

Indian Navy Sends Amphibious Warfare Ship to ASEAN-led South China Sea Exercise

The Indian Navy has sent one of its three Shardul-class amphibious warfare ships to a maritime security and counter-terrorism exercise led by the Association for Southeast Nations (ASEAN) in the South China Sea.

INS Airavat arrived in Brunei to participate in the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM) Plus Exercise on Maritime Security and Counter-terrorism. The exercise will last until May 9. [READ MORE]

Kishida stresses rule of law at S. China Sea in talks with Thai PM

BANGKOK (Kyodo) -- Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Monday he agreed with Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha in Bangkok on the importance of resolving maritime security issues based on international law.

Kishida told reporters after meeting with Prayut that he pointed out it is important for the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to be united in responding to China's assertiveness in the South China Sea. [READ MORE]

Democrat Attacks South China Sea Policy, Republican Defends It

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's policy on the disputed South China Sea came under attack Tuesday from a fellow Democrat, and in an unusual twist, it was a Republican adversary who leapt to the administration's defense.

State Department officials were testifying before a House foreign affairs subcommittee, requesting an increase in their budget for East Asia and the Pacific, which Obama has made a strategic priority even as he has been sidetracked by turmoil in the Mideast. [READ MORE]

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