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Weekly News 17/4-23/4

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-(The Hill 20/4) Trump to visit Philippines, Vietnam: US Vice President Mike Pence said Trump hopes to work with ASEAN on security issues, trade and freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.

-(PhilStar 20/4) Philippines hopeful South China Sea code framework done in 2017: There has been increasing level of trust and confidence among the parties.

Weekly News 10/4-16/4

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-(Reuters 13/4) Philippines' Duterte cancels visit to disputed South China Sea island, after Beijing warned him against the visit.

-(India-Briefing 12/4) Indian Navy Set to Patrol Malacca Straits Gateway to South China Sea: The move also signals that India is ready to take on greater responsibilities in acting as a counterweight to the perceived Chinese naval might.

Weekly News 3/4-9/4

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-(Reuters 6/4) China fighter plane spotted on South China Sea island: “This isn’t a first, but it’s the first time in a year," said AMTI director Greg Poling.

-(CNN 6/4) Duterte orders Philippines military to occupy islands: Duterte's comments seem to mark a departure from his previous policy, and suggests a desire to pursue the type of militarization Beijing has been accused of bringing to the region.

Weekly News 27/3-2/4

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-(The Bangkok Post 31/3) Asean, China debate South China Sea code: All 10 Asean members and China will take the draft document home, with discussions on it to resume at a meeting of senior officials in May to be held in China.

-(Vietnamplus 30/3) Vietnam protests Taiwan (China)’s live-fire drill in Vietnam’s waters, demanding that Taiwan not to repeat such activity.

Weekly News 20/3-26/3

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-(AMTI 22/3) Raging Waters in Benham Rise: As the Benham Rise controversy begins to subside, the two governments may have learned that in the future, it would be best to tread very carefully in these raging waters.

-(RSIS 22/3) Indonesia-Australia Ties: Joint Patrols in the South China Sea? Notwithstanding the hype, it is in reality a distant prospect.

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