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Obama Pledges Military Aid to Allies in Southeast Asia

Michael D. Shear
“We have a treaty obligation, an ironclad commitment to the defense of our ally the Philippines, who can count on the United States.”

Japan Could Risk Chinese Anger by Joining U.S. Sea Patrols

Justin McCurry
Shinzo Abe reported told Barack Obama that Tokyo would think about participating in operations in South China Sea.

Asia-Pacific Leaders See Trade as Solution to Economic, Security Troubles

Leaders stay quiet on territorial disputes in South China Sea.

Obama Calls on Beijing to Stop Construction in South China Sea

President Obama addressed the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meeting in Manila, where he discussed China, trade and climate change.



How Can China’s Neighbors Make Progress at APEC?

Le Hong Hiep, Brian Eyler from ChinaFile Conversation
Ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit next week, we asked a group of experts from China’s neighboring countries what they thought the main thrust of discussion in Manila should be. If host, the Philippines, under pressure from...

China in Mind, Obama Pledges Military Aid to Allies in Southeast Asia

“My visit here underscores our shared commitment to the security of the waters of this region and to the freedom of navigation.”

China to Philippines: No Sea Feud Talk at APEC Summit

Teresa Cerojano
“They said they hope that contentious issues will not be raised during APEC.”

China Sends Armed Jets Over Disputed Waters In Response to U.S. Naval Presence

Nash Jenkins
“It’s a signal China sent to the US that it is serious about its claims.”

White House Moves to Reassure Allies With South China Sea Patrol, but Quietly

Lawmakers and national security hawks have urged President Obama to stand up to China’s land reclamation of disputed islands.



Making Waves in the South China Sea

Peter Dutton, Jessica Chen Weiss, Andrew S. Erickson, Elbridge Colby from ChinaFile Conversation
Challenging China’s newly assertive behavior in the South China Sea, this week the U.S. Navy sailed some of its biggest ships inside the nine-dash line, exercising its claim to freedom of movement in international waters plied by billions in trade...



‘Stop Boasting and Fight’

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian from Tea Leaf Nation
On October 27, the high-stakes maritime game of chicken that has been playing out in the South China Sea came to a head. In a long-discussed freedom of navigation patrol, the United States sailed the USS Lassen, a guided missile destroyer, within 12...

China Says It Warned and Tracked U.S. Warship in South China Sea

Jim Sciutto and Katie Hunt
Chinese government: Don't push us...

China Says South China Sea Lighthouses Not Meant to Alter 'Status Quo'

Michael Martina
China says its lighthouses on Cuarteron Reef and Johnson South Reef in the Spratly islands will assist navigational security.

China Suggests Joint South China Sea Drills With Asean

China's Defence Minister Chang Wanquan has suggested drills for "maritime rescues and disaster relief"...