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Weekly News 17/11-23/11

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-(Vietnamplus 21/11) US House Committee passes resolution on South China Sea, East China Sea: Resolution H.Res. 714, introduced by Congressman Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, reassures the strong support of the US Government for freedom of navigation and other internationally lawful uses of sea and airspace in the Asia-Pacific region. –(Channel NewsAsia 21/11) China policies fuel tensions with US: US commission

-(The Diplomat 21/11) Why China's South China Sea Diplomacy Will Frustrate Claimants: International frustration over outcomes in the South China Sea is a fine outcome for China.


Weekly News 10/11-16/11

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-(Bloomberg 14/11) Vietnam Premier Calls for South China Sea Restraint: Vietnam’s premier called on countries to not alter rocks and shoals in the South China Sea and warned that improperly-handled disputes with China risk damaging bilateral relations between the two nations. –(Vietnamplus 13/11) 25th ASEAN Summit concludes in Myanmar

-(Channel NewsAsia 13/11) China cosies up to ASEAN with US$20b in loans: China on Thursday (Nov 13) offered US$20 billion in loans and floated the possibility of a "friendship treaty" with Southeast Asian nations, in an apparent bid to defuse regional tensions which spiked this year over contested seas. –(Xinhua 13/11) China, ASEAN identify dual-track approach for dealing with South China Sea issue


Weekly News 3/11-9/11

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-(Vietnamplus 6/11) Vietnam asks China to stop illegal activities on Truong Sa: Vietnam urgently requests China to immediately put an end to its construction projects on Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago and refrain from repeating illegal activities in the future.

-(Itar-TASS 6/11) Russia to build new ships for Vietnamese Navy on schedule: The new frigates for the foreign customer will have, in addition to the surface countermeasure systems, antisubmarine warfare equipment. –(Ibtimes 6/11) Russian Missile Cruiser To Hold Fire Drills In South China Sea Ahead Of Putin's Visit To Beijing


Weekly News 27/10-2/11

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-(Bloomberg 31/10) China’s Clandestine Submarine Caves Extend Xi’s Naval Reach: The fleet of diesel and nuclear-powered submarines reflects President Xi Jinping’s efforts to ensure the security of sea lanes vital for feeding the economic growth on which the nation’s stability rests. It’s also provoked discomfort among neighbors bruised by China’s approach to territorial disputes.

-(GMA Network 30/10) Arbitration ruling on sea row with China may come early 2016: Beijing’s non-compliance to the tribunal’s order is expected to fast-track the Philippine case, Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Del Rosario said, adding the legal process will push through with or without China’s participation.


Weekly News 20/10-26/10

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-(Reuters 24/10) China's top diplomat to visit Vietnam again amid sea dispute: State Councillor Yang Jiechi, who outranks the foreign minister, will arrive in Vietnam on Monday for meetings with Vietnam Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, China's foreign ministry said in a statement.

-(PhilStar 24/10) China's old maps negate own 'historical' claims over Spratlys: "Throughout Chinese dynasties, China's territory never included the Spratly Islands and the Scarborough Shoal," Carpio, maritime law expert, said.


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