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Weekly News 9/2-15/2

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-(PhilStar 14/2) Philippines: No military solution to South China Sea dispute: A rules-based approach would still be the best way to settle the maritime entitlements of claimant-countries. -(ABS-CBN Nes 14/2) PH committed to pursue legal case vs China

-(VOV 13/2) Japanese, Vietnamese PMs conduct phone talks: The two sides discussed measures to further promote the “deep and extensive strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia”. –(Vietnamplus 13/2) Vietnamese, Chinese officials hold phone talks on enhancing ties


Weekly News 2/2-8/2

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-(VOA 6/2) US transfers 5 patrol ships to Vietnam as maritime assistance: Sea security, especially maritime freedom, is one of the most important issues in the annual Vietnam-U.S. dialogue, said U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Puneet Talwar.

-(Channel NewsAsia 6/2) Philippines urges China to show respect in South China Sea: China must "desist from undertaking activities that not only imperil the lives, safety and livelihood of Filipino fishermen but also damage the fragile marine environment in that area", said Philippine foreign secretary.


Weekly News 26/1-1/2

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-(Reuters 29/1) U.S. would welcome Japan air patrols in South China Sea: “Allies, partners and friends in the region will look to the Japanese more and more as a stabilizing function," said Admiral Robert Thomas, commander of the Seventh Fleet. –(Stratfor 29/1) U.S. Naval Update Map

-(Japan Times 29/1) Obama misses big chance to prop his ‘pivot’ to Asia: Little was said about Asia in Obama’s 70-minute speech to the U.S. Congress.


Weekly News 19/1-25/1

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-(Vietnamplus 22/1) Vietnam reiterates it’s stance on East Sea (South China Sea) issue: Vietnam firmly requests China immediately desist upgrade and construction projects that damage or destroy the status quo of Truong Sa archipelago and not repeat similar erroneous actions. –(Rappler 22/1) Photos show China's 'massive' reclamation in South China Sea

-(Channel NewsAsia 22/1) Philippines slams China island building as Beijing hits back: The Philippine foreign secretary said the Chinese actions in the Spratly islands would impact freedom to navigate the strategic mineral-rich waters, through which large volumes of the world's trade pass. –(Xinhua 22/1) China urges U.S. to be impartial in South China Sea


Weekly News 12/1-18/1

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-(The Bangkok Post 16/1) Malaysia unlikely to get tough with China: Malaysia was expected not to push hard on politically sensitive issues such as the Code of Conduct.

-(Thanhnien News 15/1) Vietnam, India seek to cement defense ties: It will be Vietnam's first strategic defense dialogue with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, which is seeking to expand military cooperation with the Southeast Asian country.


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