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Weekly News 29/6-5/7

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- (The Guardian 05/07) Japan joins US-Australia war games in NT and Queensland amid China dispute: For the first time, Japan is taking part in major US-Australia military exercises as tensions rise with China over islands in the South China Sea.

- (The Huffingtonpost 04/07) The U.S. and China Should Not Risk War Over a "Damn Fool Thing" in the South China Sea: both should renew their determination to defuse territorial controversies peacefully.


Weekly News 22/6-28/6

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-(Philstar 26/06) China: Philippines dragging others to South China Sea dispute: "It is our consistent position that bilateral military cooperation should be conducive to regional peace and stability, and should not compromise the interest of any third party," Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said.

-(SCMP 26/06) China, US reaffirm commitment to 'avoid military confrontation' in South China Sea: Although the two-day talks achieved few tangible results, both Chinese and US negotiators had realised the value of cooperation over confrontation.


Weekly News 15/6-21/6

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-(Bloomberg 19/6) U.S. calls China’s South China Sea building efforts ‘troubling’, plans to raise the issue during annual talks in Washington this month.

-(The Diplomat 19/6) South China Sea: Satellite images show pace of China reclamation on Subi reef: China is adding 8 acres a day, while other images corroborate Malaysia on South Luconia Shoals.


Weekly News 8/6-14/6

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-(Reuters 12/6) Pentagon repeats call for China to end island building, seeks more military contact, while stressing that the Pentagon remained committed to expanding military contacts with China.

-(Reuters 11/6) Philippines and China in "video war" over South China Sea: The country hopes to rally support of people behind Philippine government's policy and action.


Weekly News 1/6-7/6

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-(Reuters 5/6) Tokyo, Manila boost security ties as China pushes maritime claims: the two countries agreed to strengthen security ties and discussed transferring military equipment and technology.

-(The Economist 5/6) Whose splendid isolation? In the dock for its aggressive expansionism in the South China Sea, China seems undeterred.


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