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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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Weekly News 16/3-22/3

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-(Reuters 20/3) Senators seek U.S. strategy to stop China's South China Sea reclamation: Without a comprehensive strategy, "long-standing interests of the United States, as well as our allies and partners, stand at considerable risk."

-(Bloomberg 203) What's Wrong With China's Army? “The PLA is big, bulky, ineffective and unable to fight,” said Zhang Baohui, director of the Center for Asian Pacific Studies at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. -(PhilStar 20/3) Phl to buy 24 more combat aircraft from South Korea

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Weekly News 9/3-15/3

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-(The Jakarta Post 13/3) Indonesia urged to be proactive in South China Sea settlement: By working out a closer dialogue and cooperation with China and ASEAN.

-(PhilStar 13/3) China’s activities in South China Sea violate UNCLOS: PLP said the issue on maritime entitlements must be resolved as part of diplomatic and peaceful processes to settle disputes.

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Weekly News 2/3-8/3

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-(Vietnamplus 5/3) China requested to halt construction on Truong Sa Islands: Vietnam opposes China’s illegal construction and expansion of structures on Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago and has requested China immediately desist these wrongful actions.

-(CNN 5/3) China to narrow gap with U.S. by increasing military spending: While China's budget has increased by double digits every year since 2010, U.S. spending has declined since then.

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Weekly News 23/2-1/3

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-(AP 27/2) US: China is expanding its South China Sea outposts: "Although China is looking for stable ties with the United States it's more willing to accept bilateral and regional tensions in pursuit of its interests, particularly on maritime sovereignty issues," said U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

-(Eurasiareview 27/2) China’s nine-dash line still infringes international law: China should recognise the islands enclosed the nine-dash line map are the subjects of territorial disputes and negotiate with the relevant countries the EEZ belonging to these islands on the basis of international law.

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