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.
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 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".
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.
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.
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 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.
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".
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.
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.
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'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.
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`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.