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US Navy Continues Patrols in South China Sea

Ships from the U.S. Navy’s Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) transited the Straits of Malacca and conducted routine operations in the South China Sea from November 7-10.

The ARG’s flagship, the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), conducted the patrol as the amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23) and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) prepared for bilateral training exercises with Brunei and Malaysia. [READ MORE]

Did China Try Restricting US Bombers in the South China Sea?

On Thursday, U.S. officials confirmed that two U.S. B-52 Stratofortress long-range strategic bombers were contacted by Chinese air traffic controllers earlier this week while flying over the South China Sea, near disputed islands. Reuters reports that the U.S. bombers continued undeterred.

The report comes at a time of heightened tensions between the United States and China after the U.S. Navy carried out a freedom of navigation patrol near a Chinese man-made island. [READ MORE]

China isolated at global meet for creating artificial islands in South China Sea

The Track 1.5 conference organized with the support of the Ministry of External Affairs and with participation of all ASEAN nations besides USA, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea was critical coming ahead of this edition of East Asia Summit (EAS) in Kuala Lumpur that is expected to deliberate on the current situation in Southeast Asia arising from China's aggressive postures.

Senior diplomats and officials from of EAS participating states travelled to attend the Delhi... [READ MORE]

US: S.China Sea may be discussed at APEC

A senior US State Department official says issues concerning the South China Sea are expected to be discussed at various gatherings within next week's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in the Philippines.

Deputy Department Spokesperson Mark Toner said on Tuesday that it is primarily an economic forum. [READ MORE]

Leaked ASEAN Document Repeats Call for Code of Conduct in S. China Sea

The statement, given to VOA by a regional official who did not want to be named, again calls for peace, security, respect for international law and freedom of navigation in the highly trafficked waters.

It also repeats ASEAN's call for a legally binding Code of Conduct. [READ MORE]

India calls for early conclusion of S China Sea code of conduct

Days after the US sent its warship in the South China Sea flagging its concerns about the Chinese reclamation activities in the region, India Wednesday called for an early resolution of the problem.

Batting for freedom of navigation, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar expressed hope for a “peaceful resolution of the dispute”. [READ MORE]

Call for respect of territorial integrity and peace

With great concern we note that China is pursuing its expansion policy into the East Sea (South China Sea), increasingly militarizing this region.

Since the end of 2013 this process has been accelerated, in recent months at an even more alarming pace. China claims 90 percent of the East Sea.

Philippines v. China: Court Rules Favorably on Jurisdiction, Case Will Proceed

On Thursday, October 29, the Permanent Court of Arbitration awarded its first decision in the The Republic of Philippines v. The People’s Republic of China.

The court ruled that the case was “properly constituted” under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, that China’s “non-appearance” (i.e., refusal to participate) did not preclude the Court’s jurisdiction, and that the Philippines was within its rights in filing the case. [READ MORE]

PH supports US patrols in South China Sea

The Philippines on Wednesday said US patrols in the South China Sea were necessary to check China’s “illegal, unilateral and expansive” claims in the heavily disputed waterway.
“The Philippines reiterates its previous position that the [United States’] freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea are fully consistent with Unclos (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) and the rule of law, of which the Philippines has been a staunch advocate,” Assistant Foreign Secretary Charles Jose, spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), said in a statement. [READ MORE]

South China Sea: U.S. Sovereignty Challenge Provokes Anger In Beijing

BEIJING (AP) -- A U.S. Navy warship sailed past one of China's artificial islands in the South China Sea on Tuesday, in a challenge to Chinese sovereignty claims that drew an angry protest from Beijing, which said the move damaged U.S.-China relations and regional peace.

China's Foreign Ministry said authorities monitored and warned the USS Lassen as it entered what China claims as a 12-mile (21-kilometer) territorial limit around Subi Reef in the Spratly Islands archipelago, a group of reefs, islets, and atolls where the Philippines has competing claims. [READ MORE]

U.S. warship sails close to Chinese artificial island in South China Sea

Washington (CNN)The United States sent a warship very close to one of China's artificial islands in the South China Sea on Tuesday, a potential challenge to Beijing's territorial claims in the contested waters.

A U.S. defense official told CNN that the destroyer USS Lassen "conducted a transit" within 12 nautical miles of Subi Reef in the Spratly Islands on Tuesday morning local time. [READ MORE]

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