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Weekly News 14/8-20/8

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-(Lowy 18/8) South China Sea: Beijing raises the temperature again: A flotilla of Chinese fishing vessels, accompanied by PLA Navy frigates and Chinese Coast Guard vessels, have maintained a presence very close to Thitu island.

-(SCMP 17/8) China has agreed to no new expansion in South China Sea, Philippines says: Nations also working on deal to exploit oil and gas resources after finding ‘way to get along’ in disputed waterway.

Weekly News 7/8 - 13/8

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-(Reuters 10/8) U.S. destroyer challenges China's claims in South China Sea: USS John S. McCain carried out a "freedom of navigation operation" on Thursday, coming within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef.

-(The Guardian 10/8) Chinese military tells US ship to turn around 10 times: Beijing ‘displeased’ after USS McCain sails close to the disputed Spratly Islands in a ‘freedom of navigation’ operation.

Weekly News 31/7-6/8

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-(VNExpress 3/8) Oil exploration in East Sea (SCS) down to Vietnam and Spanish partner: Vietnam affirms its right to drill for oil in its waters, calling it a 'normal business practice'

-(Reuters 3/8) China set for easy ride from ASEAN on disputed SCS: ASEAN) has omitted references to China's most controversial activities in its joint communique, a draft reviewed by Reuters shows.

Weekly News 24/7-30/7

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-(Vietnamplus 28/7) Vietnam says others should respect its right to drill for SCS oil: "Vietnam's petroleum-related activities take place in the sea entirely under the sovereignty and jurisdiction of Vietnam."

-(SCMP 28/7) Xi personally behind island-building in the SCS: Communist Party mouthpiece praises president’s tough stance on maritime disputes with Asian neighbours.

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-(Breibart News 20/7) Trump's Pentagon plans to regularly challenge China in the South China Sea: The White House will not be “a surprise” every time a request come up the chain of command, and they will be approved faster than before.

-(Indian Times 19/7) India for freedom of navigation in South China Sea: "Our stand is there should be freedom of navigation and unimpeded commerce (in South China Sea)," said Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj 

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