Japan wants closer maritime security cooperation with India

Japan on Saturday pitched for stronger maritime security cooperation with India, saying both nations should "proactively" assume responsibilities to ensure "open and stable seas" in the region, comments seen as an effort to contain China's growing assertiveness in South China Sea.

China tries to pacify Vietnam over the South China Sea dispute

As it faces an international lawsuit over the South China Sea maritime dispute, China has tried to pacify Vietnam, another claimant of the contested waters, with an assurance to settle it through dialogue and substantial cooperation in various fields.

India taking steps to deal with China's influence in seas: Govt

India is taking counter steps to deal with the growing influence of China in neighbouring countries, particularly in their seas, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said in Lok Sabha, noting that modernisation of Navy was going on "quite well".

Philippines to get frigates, gunboats, helicopters as tension simmers

 The Philippines aims to buy two frigates, two helicopters and three gunboats for deployment in the South China Sea where a territorial dispute with China has lent urgency to the need to bolster forces, a Philippine navy officer said on Wednesday.

Vietnam's sea dispute arbitration case vs China promotes peace: Manila

Vietnam has helped ensure peace in the South China Sea dispute with Beijing by following the Philippines in seeking UN arbitration, Manila said, despite the fact that Beijing has refused to take part.

China refutes Vietnam's claims over islands in South China Sea

China has dismissed Vietnam's sovereignty claim on the disputed islands in the South China Sea, saying it is "illegal and invalid" and Beijing "will never accept such claim."

China reminds US not to take sides in South China Sea dispute

China on Tuesday denounced a US State Department document on the South China Sea dispute saying that Washington should abide by its commitment not to take sides on the issue.

Philippines insists on arbitration to end China sea dispute

  Arbitration is the only route to achieving a just and durable solution to disputes over the South China Sea, the Philippines said on Monday, opposing China`s contention that a UN court had no jurisdiction to hear a complaint.

China rejects UN mediation to resolve South China Sea dispute

China on Sunday rejected UN arbitration to resolve the South China Sea (SCS) maritime dispute with its neighbours, asserting that it should be settled through direct bilateral negotiations.

Two dead, seven missing as storm hits Philippines

Two people were killed and seven others missing in the Philippines after a tropical depression spawned huge waves and flash floods, forcing hundreds to flee their homes, authorities said today.

'Sino-India efforts to address border issue example for Japan'

Praising India and China's efforts to address the vexed boundary dispute, Chinese media here on Tuesday said Japan and countries involved in the South China Sea dispute should learn from them by improving ties with Beijing while addressing the maritime disputes.

China blasts `irresponsible` US comments on island project

Beijing on Monday dismissed as "irresponsible" US criticism of its construction of an artificial island reportedly large enough for an airstrip in a disputed section of the South China Sea.

China defies US call to stop island project in South China Sea

China on Monday hit back at "irresponsible remarks" from the United States which has called on Beijing to stop a land reclamation project in the disputed South China Sea that could be large enough to accommodate an airstrip.

Chinese island project in disputed waters `justifiable`: General

Beijing on Monday fired back at US criticism of an artificial island project in the disputed South China Sea that could reportedly include an airstrip, with a top general defending it as "justifiable".

China building South China Sea island big enough for airstrip: Report
China building South China Sea island big enough for airstrip: Report

Satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands large enough to accommodate what could be its first offshore airstrip in the South China Sea, a leading defence publication said on Friday.

Hard diplomacy ahead despite China showing its softer side

From a military rules-of-the-road agreement with Washington to $20 billion in loans for Southeast Asia, Beijing has set aside the tensions of recent years to present a softer side to the world in the last week.

China will never use force to achieve its goals: Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday vowed never to use force to achieve Beijing`s goals, including in maritime disputes, just days after US President Barack Obama warned of the dangers of outright conflict in Asia.

Vietnam Prime Minister boosted by confidence vote

Vietnam's premier received a boost on Saturday when a majority of lawmakers in the one-party state voted for him in the communist country's second annual confidence vote, a turnaround from his poor showing last year.

Asia's security must not be based on ''intimidation'': Obama
Asia's security must not be based on ''intimidation'': Obama

Security in the Asia-Pacific region must depend on international law and the peaceful resolution of disputes, not on "intimidation", US President Barack Obama said Saturday ahead of the G20 summit here, media reported.

China offers ASEAN friendship treaty as South China Sea tension bubbles
China offers ASEAN friendship treaty as South China Sea tension bubbles

China`s Prime Minister Li Keqiang proposed a "friendship" treaty with Southeast Asian countries on Thursday but reiterated that territorial disputes in the South China Sea should be settled directly between the countries involved.