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Stories with place: South China Sea
  • UN chief urges peaceful solution of South China Sea dispute story has photos
    Updated: May-22-15 10:32 am

    HANOI, Vietnam - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Friday for a peaceful solution to territorial disputes in the South China Sea, where China's increased assertiveness has alarmed its smaller neighbors.

  • China, US assert rights after exchange over S China Sea story has photos
    Updated: May-21-15 7:58 pm

    BEIJING - China said Thursday it is entitled to keep watch over airspace and seas surrounding artificial islands it created in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, following an exchange in which its navy warned off a U.S. surveillance plane. The United States said its aerial patrolling was in accordance with international law and "no one in their right mind" would try to stop it.

  • Neither China nor US giving ground over projects dispute story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-17-15 4:37 am

    BEIJING - China and the United States are budging not a bit over Beijing's assertive development in disputed parts of the South China Sea, with Chinese officials politely but pointedly dismissing Washington's push for U.S.-proposed ways to ease tensions.

  • Kerry off to China, SKorea with security, trade agenda 
    Updated: May-14-15 5:28 pm

    WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to China and South Korea for a weekend of meetings that will focus on security concerns and trade.

  • Lawmakers press admin over response to China island building 
    Updated: May-13-15 5:05 pm

    WASHINGTON - Senators pressured the Obama administration on Wednesday for a more robust response to China's provocative actions in East Asian seas, as concern grows in Washington that Beijing is building artificial islands to assert military control over disputed territory.

  • China concerned about possible US patrols around islands 
    Updated: May-13-15 11:45 am

    BEIJING - China on Wednesday expressed "serious concern" about reports that the U.S. is considering sending military ships and planes to challenge Chinese claims to islands it is building in the South China Sea, and said it would resolutely defend what it considered its sovereign territory.

  • Philippines seeks US help in stopping China land reclamation 
    Updated: May-12-15 6:23 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Philippines' top diplomat said Tuesday he is seeking more U.S. help in stopping massive land reclamation by China that could give Beijing effective control of the South China Sea.

  • US official: China island building now totals 2,000 acres 
    Updated: May-08-15 5:01 pm

    WASHINGTON - China's rapidly expanding campaign to construct artificial islands, potentially for military use or airstrips, now totals about 2,000 acres and could far outstrip that amount as the year goes on, a senior defense official said Friday.

  • South China Sea watch: New islands rising, ASEAN worried story has photos
    Updated: May-07-15 5:52 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 known as the Spratly and the Paracel islands. Only about 45 of them are occupied. The area is the third-busiest global shipping lane, rich in fish and potentially gas and oil reserves, but has emerged as a possible flashpoint involving world powers and regional claimants.

  • Vietnam and the US test their hard-won friendship 
    Updated: Apr-28-15 3:38 am

    BANGKOK - After tanks from communist North Vietnam burst through the gates of the Presidential Palace in Saigon 40 years ago Thursday, Washington imposed a punitive economic embargo that kept Hanoi from receiving assistance even from multilateral institutions such as the World Bank.

  • Malaysia: ASEAN to avoid confronting China in S. China Sea story has photos
    Updated: Apr-27-15 5:26 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia's leader said Monday that Southeast Asian countries will avoid direct confrontation with China but push for a quick conclusion to a binding code of conduct to govern behavior in the disputed waters of the South China Sea.

  • Philippines, China trade accusations over sea threats 
    Updated: Apr-24-15 9:34 pm

    MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines accused China of aggressive maneuvers against its reconnaissance plane and fishermen in disputed seas where Beijing has stepped up construction of artificial islands, but China reiterated its claim on the strategic waterways.

  • Southeast Asian leaders to push for South China Sea code 
    Updated: Apr-24-15 7:16 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Southeast Asian leaders will seek to speed up plans for a binding code of conduct with China governing behavior in the disputed South China Sea at a summit next week, Malaysia's foreign minister said Friday.