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-(AP 21/2) Philippines: framework of SCS pact possible soon: ASEAN and China could at least complete a framework for COC as early as June. –(PhiliStar 21/2) ASEAN ministers call for continuous South China Sea dialogue

-(AsiaTimes 21/2) China on edge as US carrier strike group exercises in SCS: While the Pentagon insists its warship maneuvers – the first under President Donald Trump – are routine, Beijing has denounced them as a threat.

Weekly News 20/02 - 26/02

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-(QZ 20/02) China wants foreign submarines to stop traveling below the surface in the vast waters it claims: Beijing is drafting a revision to the nation’s maritime “traffic safety” law…Any foreign submarine would be required to stay surfaced and display its national flag

-(Inquirer 20/02) Asean determined to have South China Sea code – DFA: the member states as well as China have been hoping to come up with a framework on the COC by this year.

Weekly News 13/2-19/2

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-(Reuters 15/2) China warns U.S. against fresh naval patrols in SCS: U.S. Navy and Pacific Command leaders were considering freedom of navigation patrols in the busy waterway by the San Diego-based Carl Vinson carrier strike group.

-(The Washington Post 14/2) Michael Flynn resigns as national security adviser over revelations about his potentially illegal contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States, and his misleading statements about the matter to senior Trump administration officials.

Weekly News 6/2-12/2

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-(Channel NewsAsia 10/2) US, China military planes come inadvertently close over South China Sea: The aircraft came within 1,000 feet (305 meters) of each other on Wednesday in the vicinity of the Scarborough Shoal.

-(The New York Times 10/2) Trump tells Xi Jinping U.S. will honor ‘One China’ policy, reversing his earlier expressions of doubt about the longtime diplomatic understanding and removing a major source of tension between the United States and China since shortly after he was elected.

Weekly News 30/1-4/2

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-(Atimes 3/2) What has Beijing achieved in the South China Sea: China has come close to establishing de facto control of the South China Sea and greatly expanded its position inside the entire so-called 1st Island Chain.

-(The Guardian 2/2) Steve Bannon: 'We're going to war in the South China Sea ... no doubt': Only months ago Donald Trump’s chief strategist predicted military involvement in east Asia and the Middle East in Breitbart radio shows. –(Independent 2/2) Bannon is right, a war could break out in the South China Sea

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