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South China Sea Dispute at ‘Impasse,’ Says Report

Posted July 24th, 2012 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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An international research organization says the South China Sea territorial dispute has reached an impasse and the prospects of finding a resolution are diminishing. The International Crisis Group said in a report Tuesday the likelihood of a major conflict between China and Southeast Asian rival claimants remains low. But it warned “all of the trends […]

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China Approves City Council, Military Base in Disputed Islands

Posted July 22nd, 2012 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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China says it has formed a municipal council for a newly established city in a disputed part of the South China Sea, and has authorized the deployment of a military base in the area. In a report published Sunday, China’s official Xinhua news agency says 1,100 residents of several islands known in Chinese as Xisha, […]

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Cambodia: ASEAN Ministers Agree to ‘Key Elements’ of Sea Code

Posted July 9th, 2012 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Cambodia says Southeast Asian foreign ministers have moved closer to agreement on guidelines for preventing territorial disputes in the South China Sea. A Cambodian foreign ministry official said Monday top diplomats of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations made progress in drafting a maritime Code of Conduct, or COC, on the first day of an […]

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ASEAN Renews Push for South China Sea Agreement

Posted July 9th, 2012 at 4:35 am (UTC-5)
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Southeast Asian officials meeting this week in Cambodia are pushing for a long-sought solution for resolving territorial disputes in the South China Sea, an area claimed in part by six nations. ASEAN foreign ministers approved a set of guidelines last year that they hoped would lead to a code of conduct. But with no binding […]

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Vietnam Protests China’s Oil Auction in Disputed South China Sea

Posted June 27th, 2012 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Vietnam is protesting China’s decision to post bids on offshore oil blocks in the disputed South China Sea. The China National Offshore Oil Corporation on Saturday announced that nine oil and gas lots were open for exploration. Vietnam’s foreign ministry said in a statement the blocks lie entirely within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental […]

China, Philippines Agree to Show Restraint in Maritime Dispute

Posted May 29th, 2012 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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China and the Philippines have agreed to exercise restraint in their two-month-long standoff over a disputed island chain in the South China Sea. Philippine Defense Minister Voltaire Gazmin made the announcement Tuesday after meeting with his Chinese counterpart Liang Guanglie on the sidelines of a conference of Southeast Asian defense officials in Cambodia. “The reaction […]

Clinton, US Military Leaders Urge Senate to Approve Sea Treaty

Posted May 23rd, 2012 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and top U.S. military leaders are urging Senate lawmakers to approve signing on to an international sea treaty that has long faced opposition out of concern it would undermine U.S. sovereignty. Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday, Secretary Clinton called joining the U.N. Convention on the Law […]

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Philippines Accuses China of Sending More Boats to Disputed Island

Posted May 23rd, 2012 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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The Philippines is accusing China of sending more government ships and fishing boats to a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, in a move Manila says is escalating a two-month long standoff. Philippine Foreign Affairs spokesperson Raul Hernandez said Wednesday there are nearly 100 Chinese vessels at the Scarborough Shoal. He said some were […]

Chinese Fishing Boats Seized by North Koreans

Posted May 17th, 2012 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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Twenty-nine Chinese fishermen are being held for ransom after being kidnapped by a group of North Koreans earlier this month in the Yellow Sea. The Beijing News says the fishermen were working in three separate vessels in Chinese waters when they were seized on May 8 by armed North Koreans. The kidnappers took the boats […]

China Says Ready for ‘Escalation’ in Maritime Dispute With Philippines

Posted May 8th, 2012 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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China says it is ready to respond to “any escalation” by the Philippines, as a tense, month-long standoff continues over a disputed group of islands in the South China Sea. The state-run Xinhua news agency on Tuesday quoted Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying as saying Beijing is not optimistic about the dispute over the Scarborough […]