- China parade draws Putin, but few other major world leaders Updated: Sep-01-15 9:18 am
BEIJING - Russian leader Vladimir Putin, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon shine at the top of China's guest list at this week's grand commemorations of the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II. After them, the wattage gets pretty low.
- Philippines seeks US help to protect troops in disputed sea Updated: Aug-26-15 9:11 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine defense chief said he asked the visiting U.S. Pacific commander on Wednesday to help protect the transport of Filipino troops and supplies to Philippine-occupied reefs in the disputed South China Sea by deploying American patrol planes to discourage Chinese moves to block the resupply missions.
- SOUTH CHINA SEA WATCH: China rejects island building freeze Updated: Aug-16-15 4:28 am
The dispute over the strategic waterways of the South China Sea has intensified, pitting a rising China against its smaller and militarily weaker neighbors who all lay claim to a string of isles, coral reefs and lagoons mostly in the Spratly and the Paracel islands. Only about 45 of them are occupied. The area is one of the world's busiest shipping routes, rich in fish and potential gas and oil reserves, but it has now emerged as a possible flashpoint involving world powers and regional claimants.
- Philippines to open base near disputed sea even without US Updated: Aug-14-15 10:37 am
SUBIC, Philippines - The Philippines will go ahead with a plan to open military camps at Subic Bay facing the disputed South China Sea even if a proposed American military presence doesn't happen, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said Friday.
- Britain's Hammond in China for security, climate talks Updated: Aug-12-15 10:34 am
BEIJING - British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Wednesday that an international agreement to limit Iran's nuclear program could give impetus to efforts aimed at curbing North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
- Kerry links better US-Vietnam ties to rights on anniversary Updated: Aug-07-15 6:17 am
HANOI, Vietnam - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday celebrated the 20th anniversary of normalized relations between the United States and Vietnam but said ties would not reach their full potential without improvements in the communist nation's human rights record.
- US proposes halt to provocative South China Sea activities Updated: Aug-06-15 4:53 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is proposing that China and other claimants to disputed territories in the South China Sea immediately halt provocative activities that have ratcheted up tensions in some of the world's busiest shipping lanes.
- US, China bicker over territorial claims in South China Sea Updated: Aug-05-15 12:52 pm
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The United States and China clashed Wednesday over who is to blame for rising tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea with Washington demanding a halt to "problematic actions" in the area and Beijing telling foreign parties to keep out.
- Kerry pushes Asia trade pact in Singapore Updated: Aug-04-15 2:37 am
SINGAPORE - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Tuesday for countries negotiating a major Pacific Rim trade deal to overcome differences that have stalled its conclusion.