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Stories with place: South China Sea
  • Australia says Vietnamese asylum seekers could be sent home 
    Updated: Jul-22-15 7:02 am

    CANBERRA, Australia - The Australian government said on Wednesday that a boat carrying dozens of Vietnamese asylum seekers intercepted close to the northwest coast could be sent back to Vietnam.

  • Japan annual defense paper shows heightened worry over China 
    Updated: Jul-21-15 1:16 am

    TOKYO - Japan emphasized China as a threat in escalating regional tensions in this year's annual defense report as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government tries to convince the public of the need to pass legislation to give Japan's military a greater role.

  • US Pacific Fleet chief joins surveillance of South China Sea 
    Updated: Jul-19-15 8:50 am

    MANILA, Philippines - In a move likely to irk China, the new U.S. commander of the Pacific Fleet joined a seven-hour surveillance flight over the disputed South China Sea over the weekend on board one of America's newest spy planes.

  • Taiwan promotes its island claim in South China Sea 
    Updated: Jul-18-15 3:34 am

    TAIPEI, Taiwan - As China builds artificial islands in a vast resource-rich South China Sea and neighbors in Southeast Asia brace for possible conflict, Taiwan is cutting carbon emissions and offering a hospital for humanitarian aid on the sea's largest natural islet to seek international approval for easing tension.

  • SOUTH CHINA SEA WATCH: China's island-building almost done story has photos
    Updated: Jul-10-15 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.

  • Vietnam: Human rights should not obstruct deeper US ties 
    Updated: Jul-08-15 6:38 pm

    WASHINGTON - The head of Vietnam's ruling Communist Party said Wednesday that differences with the United States on human rights should not be allowed to obstruct the deepening of relations between the former enemies.

  • US, wooing Vietnam, readies red carpet for communist chief 
    Updated: Jul-05-15 1:10 am

    HANOI, Vietnam - Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong doesn't hold an official government post, but it's not surprising that he'll meet with President Barack Obama on his visit to the United States this week. He is the de-facto top leader of his country.

  • Vietnam Communist Party chief to make first US visit 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 8:29 pm

    HANOI, Vietnam - The powerful head of Vietnam's Communist Party will travel to the United States for the first time next week, and said he expects President Barack Obama will visit Vietnam later this year.