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US to provide military assistance if China attacks in South China Sea, warns Philippines Minister

Manila: Giving a strong message to China, the Philippines have made it clear that it would turn to the US for military help during ongoing flare-ups between Manila and Beijing on the issue of conflict related to the South China Sea.

China: PLA to conduct four concentrated military drills across three major Chinese sea regions

Beijing:  Pursuing its aggressive stance in international waters, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will conduct four concentrated military drills across three major Chinese sea regions in the coming days, state-run Global Times reported.

South China Sea: Malaysia rejects Beijing's claims

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia has now rejected China's expansive maritime claims in the South China Sea region.

South China Sea dispute: US signs MoU to support Vietnamese fishermen

Hanoi: In a move to support the Southeast Asian nation, the U.S. and Vietnam have signed a memorandum of understanding, which includes support against illegal “intimidation” of the latter’s fishermen at sea.

Australia now joins US in declaring China's claims in South China Sea as 'illegal'

Sydney/Beijing: In a move, which might further deteriorate relations with China, Australia has backed the US in declaring Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea to be illegal.

Beijing is attempting to change global thinking on South China Sea: Report

Washington: A Washington-based think tank has claimed that China is not only attempting to change facts on the ground in the South China Sea, but is also seeking to gradually change the world’s mind regarding its claims there.

Stop destabilising action: US Secretary of Defense Dr Mark Esper tells China

Washington:  Amid tension arising in different corners of the world due to China's aggressive stance, US Secretary of Defense Dr Mark Esper has directed China to stop its 'destabilizing actions' and abide by international laws and norms.

South China Sea is a part of global commons: India reminds Beijing

New Delhi: In its strong reply to China, India has said the strategically crucial South China Sea is a part of the global commons.

UK plans to send aircraft carrier to Asia Pacific as tensions with China rising - Reports

Moscow/Sputnik: The UK military intends to send new aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth to the Asia Pacific as tensions with Beijing continue to rise, The Times newspaper reported, citing sources.

Expert alerts SE Asian countries to keep eye on China's Bihai 2020 before it turns to source of conflict

Singapore: An expert has warned that China might be using the eight-month-long “Bihai 2020” (or “Blue Sea 2020”) initiative which commenced on April 1  as another justification for the increased presence of Chinese law enforcement vessels in the disputed South China Sea.

PLA drills on South China Sea: Philippines warns Beijing of 'severest response'

Manila:  The Philippine foreign secretary has warned China that it might face severe response in case the ongoing Chinese military exercises in the disputed South China Sea spill over to Philippine territory.

Myanmar latest to call out China for arming insurgents amid outrage by Vietnam and Philippines

Naypyitaw/IBNS: At a time when China is being viewed with increased suspicion for its aggression in the South China Sea, its role in Covid-19, and more recently the violent face-off with India, the country's closest ally Myanmar has alleged that China is arming the insurgent groups in the country with sophisticated weapons and sought international intervention to tackle the situation.

Australian PM cites 'rising strategic competition' in Indo-Pacific region behind 40 pc increase in defence spend; mentions India-China standoff

New Delhi/IBNS: Australia has increased its defence budget by a whopping 40 per cent to 270 billion dollars for a ten-year period, the country's Prime Minister Scott Morrison said while he launched the 2020 Defence Strategic Update and the 2024 Structure Plan on Wednesday.

Advantage COVID-19: China takes 'aggressive' stance on South China Sea, Vietnam voices concern

Hanoi/IBNS: While the world calls out China for its role in the global transmission of COVID-19, the Asian giant is following an aggressive stance on South China Sea (SCS) region drawing protest from Vietnam which asked Beijing to maintain its sovereignty.

ASEAN foreign ministers discuss South China Sea

Bangkok, July 31 (UNI): Foreign ministers of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations discussed tensions in the South China Sea and the Rohingya refugee crisis at a meeting here on Wednesday.