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South China Sea: A marginal sea of the Pacific Ocean from the Karimata and Malacca straits to the Strait of Taiwan
The South China Sea is a marginal sea of the Western Pacific Ocean. It is bounded in the north by the shores of South China, in the west by the Indochinese Peninsula, in the east by the islands of Taiwan and northwestern Philippines, and in the south by Borneo, eastern Sumatra and the Bangka Belitung Islands, encompassing an area of around 3,500,000 km2 (1,400,000 sq mi). It communicates with the East China Sea via the Taiwan Strait, the Phillipine Sea via the Luzon Strait, the Sulu Sea via the straits around Palawan, the Indian Ocean via the Strait of Malacca, and the Java Sea via the Karimata and Bangka Strait. The Gulf of Tonkin and Gulf of Thailand are both part of the South China Sea, and its shallow waters south of the Riau Islands is also known as the Natuna Sea.

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Australia refused China's unlawful claims in South China Sea at UN: Australian Envoy [Video]

Australia refused China's unlawful claims in South China Sea at UN: Australian Envoy

Australian Envoy to India Barry O'Farrell said that Australia remained deeply concerned by actions in South China Sea that are destabilising and could provoke escalation. "We remain deeply concerned by..

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China seizes U.S. consulate in Chengdu [Video]

China seizes U.S. consulate in Chengdu

Beijing announced the U.S. consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu was closed as of 10 a.m. on Monday, after it ordered the facility be shut in retaliation for China being ousted from its..

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Pompeo urges countries to resist Chinese 'threat' [Video]

Pompeo urges countries to resist Chinese 'threat'

[NFA] U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo encouraged other nations to follow the UK's lead and push back against the actions of the Chinese Communist Party. Speaking on an official visit to London on..

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Explained: South China Sea's troubled waters [Video]

Explained: South China Sea's troubled waters

U.S. rhetoric is heating up on the South China Sea, a constant source of friction between China and five of its neighbours. Megan Revell unpicks the issue.

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South China Sea is part of global commons: MEA [Video]

South China Sea is part of global commons: MEA

The Ministry of External Affairs on July 16 said that the South China Sea is a part of global commons, and New Delhi has an "abiding interest" in peace and stability in the region. "South China sea is..

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Filipino fishermen welcome US decision on South China Sea row [Video]

Filipino fishermen welcome US decision on South China Sea row

The US says it is ready to support countries that believe China's territorial claims in the South China Sea are illegal.

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U.S. to back nations whose South China Sea claims China violated [Video]

U.S. to back nations whose South China Sea claims China violated

The United States will support countries that believe China has violated their maritime claims in the South China Sea, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday but stressed doing so in..

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U.S. rejects Beijing's claims in South China Sea [Video]

U.S. rejects Beijing's claims in South China Sea

The Trump administration piled pressure on China Monday - rejecting nearly all of Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea. Gloria Tso reports.

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US rejects China's claims in South China Sea drawing Beijing ire [Video]

US rejects China's claims in South China Sea drawing Beijing ire

China has accused the United States of trying to stir up trouble in the South China Sea.

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Rohingya plight, COVID-19 high on ASEAN summit [Video]

Rohingya plight, COVID-19 high on ASEAN summit

Topics likely to dominate the discussions include the reopening of borders after lockdown, Rohingya refugee crisis and the territorial dispute in the South China Sea.

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Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Thursday invoked the country’s arbitral award against China in the disputed South China Sea, as it said Beijing was “reading too much” into..
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Australia, China envoys to India spar over South China Sea

On Thursday, the Australian envoy in a readout of his meeting with foreign minister S Jaishankar said about the situation on the LAC, “Australia opposes any attempts to unilaterally alter the status..
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PLA conducts 'high-intensity exercises' in South China Sea

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The naval aviation units of the Southern Theater Command of the People's Liberation Army conducted routine exercises in the...
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China appreciates Duterte's remarks on South China Sea

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BEIJING - China appreciated the remarks of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on the South China Sea issue and stood ready to properly resolve maritime disputes with the Philippines through friendly..
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US, Australia hold high level talks on China

Tensions between China and the Western democracies over China's crackdown in Hong Kong, COVID-19 and claims regarding the South China Sea dominated discussions at the Australia-US Ministerial..
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China's South China Sea policy remains unchanged: FM spokesperson

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BEIJING, July 28 (Xinhua) -- China has always strictly implemented international laws including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and never expanded its claims of..
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Why the US and Australia are worried about China's 'maritime empire' in the South China Sea

The Australia-US Ministerial Consultations is one of the main forums for bilateral talks between the two allies, led by each country’s Foreign and Defence Ministers.
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South China Sea dispute: Australia says Beijing's claims have no legal basis

Australia tells the UN the claims have "no legal basis" as it aligns itself more closely with the US.
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Australia says China's South China Sea claims are unlawful

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Melbourne: Australia has joined the United States in stating that China’s claims in the South China Sea do not comply with international law in a declaration likely to anger China and put more strain..
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South China Sea: Australian warships encounter Chinese navy in disputed waters

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Canberra downplays the ‘unplanned interactions’ amid ongoing diplomatic tensions between two countries Australian warships have encountered the Chinese navy while travelling in the disputed South..
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US lawmakers pass legislation urging China to de-escalate situation with India along LAC

The US House of Representatives has passed a bipartisan legislation, urging China to peacefully de-escalate the situation with India along the Line of Actual Control. The legislation on Tuesday came a..
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In signal to China, Navy holds drill off Andaman and Nicobar Islands

The Indian Navy is conducting a major exercise off the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago, in a clear display of strategic intent against China amid the ongoing military confrontation along the border in..
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What China’s Asian Maritime Rivals Expect from an Emboldened, Supportive US

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Asian countries who feel pinched by China over competing maritime claims expect the U.S. government to step up aid following Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s words of support this week, but only in..
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US Navy aircraft carriers resume rare dual exercises in the South China Sea

us navy aircraft carriers resume rare dual exercises in the south china sea
Hong Kong (CNN)Two US Navy aircraft carriers have resumed rare dual exercises in the South China Sea, the second time this month the massive warships have teamed up in the contested waters. The USS..
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South China Sea part of global commons: India

Responding to questions on the security situation in South China Sea (SCS), the government on Thursday said its position had been clear and consistent that SCS was a part of global commons and India..
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South China Sea part of global commons, firmly stand for freedom of navigation: India


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South China Sea: What's China's plan for its 'Great Wall of Sand'?

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US declares 'most' of China's maritime claims in South China Sea illegal

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Trump administration rejects nearly all Beijing's claims in South China Sea, a move likely to inflame tensions

The shift in US policy is likely to further inflame US-China tensions and could provoke fresh retaliatory steps from Beijing.
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South China Sea dispute: China's pursuit of resources 'unlawful', says US

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says China is treating the disputed waters as its "maritime empire".
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US admirals in South China Sea: Everyone wears a mask

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US military to stand with India in conflict with China, indicates White House official

The US military "will continue to stand strong” in relationship to a conflict between India and China or anywhere else, a top White House official has said, after the Navy deployed two aircraft..
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Tensions heat up in South China Sea as US makes significant show of force

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Hong Kong (CNN)For the first time in six years, two US Navy aircraft carriers are in the South China Sea, the latest show of military might from Washington as it pushes back against China's sweeping..
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With Beijing’s Military Nearby, U.S. Sends 2 Aircraft Carriers to South China Sea

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Washington: Stating that China continues its premeditated military incursion along the border with India, a top American Senator has alleged that Beijing has used the COVID-19 pandemic to lash out in..
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Philippine officials visit disputed South China Sea island

The Philippines' defence minister and military officials have made a trip to a disputed South China Sea island just a few miles from a base built by China, a visit that could draw criticism from..
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Beijing is pushing a new 'front line' in the South China Sea

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U.S. military commander says China pushing territorial claims under cover of coronavirus

China is using the coronavirus as a cover to push territorial claims in the South China Sea through a surge in naval activity meant to intimidate other countries that claim the waters, the commander of..
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'Muscular' Chinese policy to have impact on its ties with India, other nations: US diplomat

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US slams China’s ‘disturbing behaviour’ at India border

In a sharp criticism of China over border tensions with India, the US on Wednesday described Beijing's actions as "disturbing behaviour" and said the skirmishes were a reminder of the threat China..
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Chinese ship leaves Malaysian waters after month-long South China Sea standoff

A Chinese survey ship that had been involved in a month-long standoff with a Malaysian oil exploration vessel in the South China Sea has left Malaysia's exclusive economic zone (EEZ), shipping data..
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Taiwan says Chinese carrier group has ended South China Sea mission

Taiwan's Defence Ministry said on Thursday that a Chinese aircraft carrier group which this month sailed down Taiwan's east coast had ended its mission in the South China Sea on Wednesday.
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China says certain U.S. politicians trying to interfere in South China Sea issue

China's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday certain U.S. politicians are trying to interfere in the South China Sea issue and such attempts are doomed to fail.
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Malaysia calls for peaceful end to months-long South China Sea standoff

Malaysia called on Thursday for disputes over the South China Sea to be resolved by peaceful means, amid a standoff between Chinese and Malaysian vessels that a U.S. think tank said had been going on..
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Malaysia committed to safeguarding its interests in South China Sea: foreign minister

Malaysia remains committed to safeguarding its interests and rights in the South China Sea, Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said on Thursday, amid a standoff between Chinese and Malaysian vessels..
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Australia joins U.S. ships in South China Sea amid rising tension

An Australian frigate has joined three U.S. warships in the South China Sea near an area where a Chinese vessel is suspected to be exploring for oil, near waters also claimed by Vietnam and Malaysia,..
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Two U.S. warships in South China Sea amid China-Malaysia standoff

Two U.S. warships are operating in the South China Sea, the Navy said on Tuesday, with three regional security sources saying they were near an area of a standoff between China and Malaysia.
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China rattles sabres as world battles coronavirus pandemic

China is becoming increasingly assertive in the region as the coronavirus crisis eases on the mainland while raging elsewhere in the world, with a crackdown in Hong Kong and sabre-rattling around..
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Vietnam protests Beijing's expansion in disputed South China Sea

Vietnam protested on Sunday at China saying it had established two administrative units on islands in the South China Sea, in Beijing's latest move to demonstrate its assertiveness in the disputed..
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U.S. says China should stop 'bullying behaviour' in South China Sea

The United States called on China on Saturday to stop "bullying behaviour" in the South China Sea and said it was concerned by reports of China's "provocative actions" aimed at offshore oil and gas..
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Chinese and Malaysian ships in South China Sea standoff: sources

A Chinese government survey ship is tagging an exploration vessel operated by Malaysia's state oil company Petronas in disputed waters in the South China Sea, three regional security sources said on..
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Chinese ship seen moving south near Malaysia amid rising South China Sea tensions

A Chinese government survey ship embroiled in a standoff with Vietnamese vessels moved south near Malaysia, shipping data showed Thursday, amid accusations that China is using the pandemic to assert..
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Chinese ship back in waters off Vietnam amid coronavirus 'distraction'

A Chinese ship embroiled in a standoff with Vietnamese vessels last year has returned to waters near Vietnam as the United States accused China of pushing its presence in the South China Sea while..
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