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A marginal sea of the Pacific Ocean from the Karimata and Malacca straits to the Strait of Taiwan

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South China Sea: A marginal sea of the Pacific Ocean from the Karimata and Malacca straits to the Strait of Taiwan
The South China Sea is a marginal sea that is part of the Pacific Ocean, encompassing an area from the Karimata and Malacca straits to the Strait of Taiwan of around 3,500,000 square kilometres (1,400,000 sq mi). The sea carries tremendous strategic importance; one-third of the world's shipping passes through it, carrying over $3 trillion in trade each year, it contains lucrative fisheries, which are crucial for the food security of millions in Southeast Asia. Huge oil and gas reserves are believed to lie beneath its seabed.

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U.S. destroyer sails in disputed South China Sea amid trade talks

A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Friday, the U.S. military said, a move likely to anger Beijing at a time of tense ties between the world's two..
Reuters - Published

China, Malaysia to set up South China Sea dialogue mechanism

China and Malaysia have agreed to set up a joint dialogue mechanism for the disputed South China Sea, the Chinese government's top diplomat said on Thursday after meeting Malaysia's foreign minister.
Reuters - Published

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U.S. sails disputed waters amid China tensions [Video]U.S. sails disputed waters amid China tensions

A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, a move likely to anger Beijing at a time of rising tensions between the world's..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:27Published

South China Sea dispute to dominate Duterte’s China visit [Video]South China Sea dispute to dominate Duterte’s China visit

Philippine president is facing pressure over what critics say is an increasingly close relationship with China.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:55Published

Pompeo Criticized China After Meeting With Their Top Diplomat [Video]Pompeo Criticized China After Meeting With Their Top Diplomat

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently criticized China after meeting with his Chinese counterpart. According to Reuters, Pompeo spoke out against Chinese “coercion” of Southeast Asian..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Pompeo blasts Chinese 'coercion' in South China Sea [Video]Pompeo blasts Chinese 'coercion' in South China Sea

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday criticized Chinese "coercion" in the disputed South China Sea, at a meeting of Southeast Asian nations with world powers. Rough Cut (no reporter..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:03Published

 

Philippines' Duterte says Xi offering gas deal if arbitration case ignored

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said his Chinese counterpart has offered Manila a controlling stake in a joint energy venture in the South China Sea, if it sets aside an international arbitral..
Reuters - Published

China's Xi sees bigger role for joint energy exploration with Philippines

Chinese President Xi Jinping said China and the Philippines could take a "bigger step" in the joint development of oil and gas resources in the South China Sea if they can properly handle their dispute..
Reuters - Published

China's Xi says 'bigger step' possible in offshore oil, gas development with Philippines

Chinese President Xi Jinping said China and the Philippines could take a "bigger step" in the joint development of oil and gas resources in the South China Sea if they can "properly" handle their..
Reuters - Published

UK, Germany, France warn on South China Sea tensions

Britain, Germany and France said on Thursday they were concerned by tensions in the South China Sea, in a statement issued the day after a U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China.
Reuters - Published

U.S. warship sails near South China Sea islands claimed by China

A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, a move likely to anger Beijing at a time of rising tensions between the world's..
Reuters - Published

As maritime rows resurface, Duterte readies to raise ruling with China

When Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte visits China this week, he'll need to salvage something from a "pivot" to Beijing that has left him empty-handed, and exposed his neighbors to a new level of..
Reuters - Published

China says U.S. 'maliciously hyping up' South China Sea issue

China accused the United States on Tuesday of "maliciously hyping up" the South China Sea situation and making warrantless criticism, after the Pentagon said China was carrying out "coercive..
Reuters - Published

Chinese ship inches closer to Vietnam coastline amid South China Sea tensions

A Chinese survey vessel on Saturday extended its activities to an area closer to Vietnam's coastline, ship tracking data showed, after the United States and Australia expressed concern about China's..
Reuters - Published

New allies Vietnam, Australia express concern over South China Sea tensions

New allies Vietnam and Australia expressed concern on Friday about China's activities in the South China Sea, where Vietnamese and Chinese vessels are locked in a tense standoff in..
Reuters - Published

Vietnam says 'deeply concerned' about developments in South China Sea

Vietnam is "deeply concerned" about recent developments in the South China Sea, the Southeast Asian country's prime minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Philippines' Duterte to meet China's Xi over South China Sea arbitration win

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will meet Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping soon to discuss a 2016 arbitration case over the South China Sea, an aide said on Tuesday, as domestic pressure builds for..
Reuters - Published

Vietnam police disperse protest at Chinese embassy over South China Sea standoff

Vietnamese police on Tuesday broke up a brief protest outside the Chinese embassy in Hanoi against Beijing's maritime survey of an offshore block in the southeast Asian nation's exclusive economic zone..
Reuters - Published

Pompeo reverts to China criticism after meeting top diplomat

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reverted on Thursday to criticism of China's actions in Asia, speaking out at a regional forum against Chinese "coercion" in disputes over the South China Sea and..
Reuters - Published

Pompeo blasts Chinese 'coercion' in South China Sea

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday criticized Chinese "coercion" in the disputed South China Sea, highlighting a divide with Beijing at a meeting of Southeast Asian nations with world..
Reuters - Published

China warns outsiders not to 'sow distrust' in South China Sea

China's top diplomat on Wednesday warned outside countries not to amplify disputes in the South China Sea, where recent Chinese maneuvering in the energy-rich waters has rattled regional states and..
Reuters - Published

Vietnamese fishermen call for action against China

A Vietnamese fishermen's group has called on the government to take stronger measures for the removal of a Chinese oil survey vessel that Vietnam accuses of violating its sovereignty in the South China..
Reuters - Published

Philippines mulls tourists for Thitu, bolstering South China Sea claims

The Philippines is considering inviting tourists to its biggest and most strategically important outpost in the South China Sea, part of efforts to assert its claim to sovereignty over some of the..
Reuters - Published

China says U.S. criticism over South China Sea is slander

Remarks by U.S. officials on China's role in the South China Sea are slanderous, its foreign ministry said on Monday, after the United States voiced concern over reports of Chinese interference with..
Reuters - Published

Pirates steal cash and shoes in Korean cargo ship robbery

Pirates attacked a South Korean-flagged cargo ship in the South China Sea early on Monday, stealing thousands of dollars in cash and even the sailors' shoes, South Korean authorities said.
Reuters - Published

U.S. State Dept says concerned by reports of Chinese interference in South China Sea

The U.S. State Department said on Saturday it is concerned by reports of China's interference with oil and gas activities in the South China Sea, including Vietnam's long-standing exploration and..
Reuters - Published

Vietnam says Chinese vessel violated its sovereignty in South China Sea

Vietnam on Friday accused a Chinese oil survey vessel and its escorts of violating its sovereignty and demanded that China remove all of its ships from Vietnamese waters.
Reuters - Published

Vietnam, China embroiled in South China Sea standoff

Vietnamese and Chinese ships have been embroiled in a weeks-long standoff near an offshore oil block in disputed waters of the South China Sea, which fall within Vietnam's exclusive economic zone, two..
Reuters - Published

China denies U.S. accusations of South China Sea missile tests

China's Defense Ministry on Friday denied U.S. accusations that the Chinese military had recently carried out missile tests in the disputed South China Sea, saying instead that they had held routine..
Reuters - Published

Pentagon says China missile test in South China Sea 'disturbing'

The Pentagon said on Tuesday a recent Chinese missile launch in the South China Sea was "disturbing" and contrary to Chinese pledges that it would not militarize the disputed waterway.
Reuters - Published

Southeast Asian leaders meet, expected to discuss Rohingyas, South China Sea

Southeast Asian leaders met on Sunday for a second day of a summit in Bangkok, where they were expected to discuss pressing regional issues including the plight of Myanmar's fleeing Rohingyas and the..
Reuters - Published

Southeast Asia making good progress on South China Sea conduct code: Thailand

Southeast Asian nations made good progress on a Code of Conduct negotiating draft for the disputed South China Sea and likely will finish a first reading by the end of this year, the Thai foreign..
Reuters - Published

Southeast Asian leaders open summit in Bangkok

Southeast Asian leaders opened a two-day summit in Bangkok on Saturday, though it was unclear what progress their 10-country group could make on disputes in the South China Sea and the plight of ethnic..
Reuters - Published

Philippines' Duterte accepts China's proposal to jointly investigate collision

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted China's proposal to jointly investigate allegations that a Chinese fishing vessel abandoned 22 Filipinos after it sank their boat in the South China..
Reuters - Published

Brusque to bruised: Hong Kong's Lam caves to pressure on extradition bill

With an escalating U.S. trade war, a faltering economy and tensions in the South China Sea vexing her bosses in Beijing, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam appeared in no mood to compromise on a planned..
Reuters - Published

China denies hit and run as pressure builds on Duterte to speak up

China has rejected Philippine allegations that a Chinese fishing vessel abandoned 22 Filipinos after it sank their boat in the South China Sea, as pressure builds on President Rodrigo Duterte to take a..
Reuters - Published

Philippines denounces Chinese fishing boat for collision

The Philippines on Wednesday denounced the crew of a Chinese fishing boat that collided with a Philippine vessel and left 22 Filipino fishermen abandoned in the disputed South China Sea.
Reuters - Published

U.S. to sell 34 surveillance drones to allies in South China Sea region

The Trump administration has moved ahead with a surveillance drone sale to four U.S. allies in the South China Sea region as acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Washington will no longer..
Reuters - Published

China says war with U.S. would be a disaster as tensions mount

China's Defense Minister Wei Fenghe said on Sunday that a war with the United States would be a disaster for the world while issuing a warning to Washington not to meddle in security disputes over..
Reuters - Published

Chinese defense minister says war with U.S. would be a disaster

Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe criticized the United States on Sunday for its support of an independent Taiwan and for naval operations in the disputed South China Sea, but said conflict or war..
Reuters - Published

China says U.S. actions on Taiwan, South China Sea threaten stability

The United States' actions on Taiwan and the South China Sea are hardly conducive to maintaining stability in the region, a senior Chinese military official said on Saturday, responding to comments by..
Reuters - Published

U.S. won't 'tiptoe' around China with Asia stability at threat: defense chief

The United States will no longer "tiptoe" around Chinese behavior in Asia, with stability in the region at threat on issues ranging from the South China Sea to Taiwan, acting U.S. Defense Secretary..
Reuters - Published

Chinese militarization of South China Sea "excessive": acting Pentagon chief

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Friday that China's militarization of the disputed South China Sea had been "excessive."
Reuters - Published

Australian helicopters targeted by lasers in South China Sea

Australian navy pilots on the HMAS Canberra were hit by lasers pointed from Chinese fishing vessels in the South China Sea.
SBS - Published

Australian navy pilots struck by lasers

Australian navy pilots on the HMAS Canberra were hit by lasers pointed from Chinese fishing vessels in the South China Sea.
SBS - Published

China urges U.S. to stop provocative actions in South China Sea

China's Foreign Ministry said on Monday it "strongly urges U.S. to stop such provocative actions" after the U.S. military said one of its warships sailed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal claimed by..
Reuters - Published

U.S. says China's focus on its South China Sea operations unwarranted

The head of operations of the United States Navy said on Wednesday that its freedom of navigation movements in the disputed South China Sea get more attention than they deserve.
Reuters - Published

China's attention to U.S. Navy operations in South China Sea sometimes unwarranted, U.S. says

The head of operations of the United States Navy said on Wednesday that its freedom of navigation operations in the disputed South China Sea get more attention than they deserve.
Reuters - Published

U.S., Japan, India and Philippines challenge Beijing with naval drills in the South China Sea

In fresh show of naval force in the contested South China Sea, a U.S. guided missile destroyer conducted drills with a Japanese aircraft carrier, two Indian naval ships and a Philippine patrol vessel..
Reuters - Published

Two U.S. warships sail in disputed South China Sea

The U.S. military said two of its warships sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Monday, a move that could anger Beijing at a time of tense relations between the world's two..
Reuters - Published

China expresses regret South China Sea issue has harmed UK ties

Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua expressed regret on Thursday to visiting British finance minister Philip Hammond that the South China Sea issue had harmed ties, after a British warship sailed close to..
Reuters - Published

China navy chief takes dig at U.S. freedom of navigation patrols

Freedom of navigation should not be used to infringe upon the rights of other countries, China's navy chief Shen Jinlong said on Wednesday, taking a dig at the United States and its allies who have..
Reuters - Published

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