Washington will not tolerate any navigation restrictions in the South China Sea, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday at a regional security meeting dominated by tensions over Beijing`s island building.
Worried at China fast usurping contested islets in the South China Sea, the Philippines has urged India to "be at the head table" in regional forums to ensure that Beijing adheres to international maritime laws.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he welcomes the "growing global prominence and engagement" of the UN's "close partners" China and India, as the Asia-Pacific region rises as a centre of dynamism and influence.
Tens of thousands yoga enthusiasts around the world on Sunday took to mats and stretched, bent and twisted their bodies in complex postures in a symbol of universality of the ancient Indian spiritual practice as they marked the maiden International Day of Yoga.
Congress on Sunday hit back at Narendra Modi over his "suitcase" riposte to Rahul Gandhi's "suit boot ki sarkar" jibe, with senior party leader Digvijaya Singh accusing the Prime Minister of carrying "tijori" (coffer) in the form of "big industrialists" during his foreign tours.
ASEAN is an important part of India's vision of an open, inclusive and rules-based security architecture in the Asia-Pacific region where disputes are resolved through dialogue and not unilateral show of force, Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh said today.
Cambodia threw its support on Thursday behind China`s position on settling South China Sea disputes, arguing that territorial conflicts should be tackled between claimants and not involve the regional ASEAN grouping.
China has accused the Philippines of violating a 13-year-old informal code of conduct in the South China Sea with its building work on disputed islets, firing back again after repeated criticism of China`s own construction work.
A Southeast Asian summit will urge "self-restraint" in the South China Sea but avoid directly criticising Chinese actions that have fanned tensions in the contested waters, a diplomatic source with knowledge of a draft statement said on Friday.
India on Wednesday expressed its readiness to bolster cooperation with ASEAN in collectively addressing the "traditional and non-traditional" security challenges facing the region as it formally inaugurated a dedicated mission for the 10-member bloc here.