Chinese actions `may undermine peace` in S. China Sea: ASEAN

Chinese island-building efforts "may undermine peace, security and stability" in the disputed South China Sea, said a statement by Southeast Asian leaders meeting for a summit on Monday.

Beijing poised for `de facto control` of South China Sea: Philippines

Beijing is poised to take "de facto control" of the South China Sea, the Philippines warned on Sunday as it called on fellow Southeast Asian countries to "finally stand up" to their massive neighbour.

China`s island-building to loom large at SE Asia summit

China`s creation of new island footholds in contested seas will hover over a Southeast Asian summit that has become an annual test of the region`s nerve in standing up to its massive neighbour.

Pride and obscurity: The historic crew of Vietnam`s `Tank 390`

 When Tank 390 crashed through the gates of Saigon`s presidential palace 40 years ago, it heralded the end of Vietnam`s war. But the men who manned it have since lived in obscurity, poor yet forever bonded by the history they created. 

Philippines seeks more military aid from US to counter China

 The Philippines said Tuesday it would soon ask the United States for more military equipment and training to build its defences, as it faces Chinese "aggressiveness" in disputed waters.

China police shoot dead two 'terrorists' on Vietnam border

Chinese police have shot dead two suspected "terrorists" on the border with Vietnam, part of a group of people trying to sneak out of the country, state media said on Friday.

Australia returning asylum-seekers to Vietnam: Report

Australia is returning almost 50 Vietnamese asylum-seekers using a warship currently off the Asian nation`s coast after intercepting them at sea, a report said Friday, as Canberra enforces a tough immigration policy.

Vietnam customs make massive seizure of rhino horns, elephant tusks

Vietnamese customs have seized elephant tusks and rhino horns worth millions of dollars on the black market from a flight arriving from France, officials said Friday.

Images show China building airstrip on contested reef: Report

Recent satellite images show China has begun building its first airstrip in contested territory in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea and may be working on another, a leading defense publication reported on Thursday.

Vietnam rescuers scour sea for missing fighter pilots

Vietnam launched a search mission on Thursday for two fighter pilots who ejected over the South China Sea during a training exercise involving two Russian-built fighter jets, a provincial official said.

Vietnamese fighter jets collide during training: Report

Two Vietnamese fighter jets crashed into each other during a training exercise over the contested South China Sea on Thursday, state media have reported, without confirming the fate of the two pilots.

Rahul Gandhi back from sabbatical, to meet Congress leaders opposed to him
Rahul Gandhi back from sabbatical, to meet Congress leaders opposed to him

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, Thursday, returned to Delhi after a nearly two-month long 'sabbatical'. 

US concerned over China ''using muscle'' in ''disputed'' South China Sea

US President Barack Obama has voiced concerns over China using "sheer size and muscle" to intimidate smaller nations in the row over the South China Sea.

China cementing reach in South China Sea with civilian infrastructure

China`s plans for islands it is creating in the South China Sea show for the first time the scale of civilian architecture it will extend across the disputed waterway, entrenching its reach in the maritime heart of Southeast Asia, experts say.

Vietnam hunts for missing box of radioactive material

Vietnamese authorities are searching for a lead box containing hazardous radioactive material which has gone missing from a steel factory, an official said Wednesday.

US defense chief warns against militarisation of territorial rows in Asia

US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter kicked off his first Asian tour on Wednesday with a stern warning against the militarisation of territorial rows in a region where China is at odds with several nations in the East and South China Seas.

Vietnam officials visit China to mend ties after rig spat

Vietnam sent a high-ranking delegation of Communist Party officials and Cabinet ministers to China today as the countries seek to mend relations strained by the giant northern neighbour's deployment of an oil rig last year in disputed waters.

14 dead in scaffolding collapse at Vietnam steel plant

At least 14 workers were killed and dozens more injured after scaffolding collapsed at a steel plant in central Vietnam, officials said, as rescue teams Thursday searched for bodies still trapped in the wreckage.

At least 12 dead in Vietnam industrial zone accident: Media

 At least 12 labourers were killed and more than 20 wounded on Wednesday when scaffolding collapsed at a construction project in a coastal economic zone in central Vietnam, state media reported. The workers were sub-contractors for construction of a breakwater, led by Samsung C&T Corp <000830.KS>, a unit of South Korea`s Samsung Group, at the Vung Ang economic zone in Ha Tinh province, the online newspaper Thanh Nien (Young People) said.

Vietnam capital U-turns on tree felling after public outcry

Political leaders of Vietnam`s capital halted the felling of thousands of Hanoi`s trees on Friday after the plan sparked public outrage and fears it would damage the image of one of the world`s most picturesque cities.