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-(AFP 24/4) ASEAN Summit draft statement to urge 'self-restraint' in South China Sea dispute , but avoid directly criticising Chinese actions that have fanned tensions in the contested waters, a diplomatic source with knowledge the draft said.

-(PhilStar 23/4) Phl, Vietnam to hold naval drills, scientific research in South China Sea: The planned activities are part of the soon-to-be signed“Joint Statement on the Establishment of a Strategic Partnership between the Republic of the Philippines and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam”.

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Weekly News 13/4-19/4

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-(Vietnamplus 16/4) Vietnam protests China’s reef expansion in Truong Sa (Spratlys): Each construction and expansion project by foreigners on reef islands in Hoang Sa (Paracels) and Truong Sa that is not explicitly permitted by Vietnam is illegal and invalid.

-(IHS Janes 16/4) China's first runway in Spratlys under construction: Satellite imagery shows that China has begun building a runway on reclaimed parts of Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands. –(The New York Times 16/4) China building aircraft runway in Spratly Islands

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Weekly News 6/4-12/4

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-(Yahoo 10/4) Obama: China's neighbors must not be 'elbowed aside': He warned against aggressive acts by China while at the same time welcoming its strong economy and global reach. -(People’s Daily 9/4) China urges U.S. not to take sides on territorial issues

-(Reuters 9/4) China mounts detailed defense of South China Sea reclamation, saying they would be used for military defense as well as to provide civilian services that would benefit other countries.

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Weekly News 30/3-5/4

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-(The Bangkok Post 3/4) Why Beijing is in such a hurry to grab the China Sea: Perhaps that is all China needs for military and negotiating purposes. –(National Interest 3/4) Exposed: How China's Navy Went Global

-(GMA Network 3/4) Pro-PHL hackers deface Chinese websites over ‘reclamation’: "To the Government of China, stop the reclamation, do not put or establish any structure on that location thinking or claiming that you are the owner. Considering that there is no final agreement between both and other parties," Anonymous Philippines said.

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Weekly News 23/3-29/3

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-(The Diplomat 27/3) Indonesia, China Seal 'Maritime Partnership': During President Jokowi’s vist to China, he and Xi Jinping pledged increased maritime cooperation.

-(Reuters 26/3) Philippines says to resume works in disputed South China Sea: Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario said the repair and maintenance works did not violate an informal code of conduct in the South China Sea because they would not alter the status quo in the disputed area.

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