The Pentagon today asked China to stop its unilateral and destabilising actions such as land reclamations by creating artificial islands to ease tension in the busy South China Sea, saying the US "shares an interest with the region."
Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, today left for a four-day visit to Thailand and Vietnam to further boost bilateral relations between the armed forces of the two South-east Asian countries, which is expected to provide greater convergence at the operational level.
The Philippines and Vietnam will sign a "strategic partnership" agreement by the end of the year, officials have said, as common neighbour and rival China flexes its military muscle in disputed waters.
Vietnam`s president on Wednesday urged further modernisation of the armed forces in the face of growing maritime territorial disputes as the nation celebrated 70 years since it declared independence from France.
Terming India's plans to conduct oil exploration off Vietnam coast in the South China Sea as "illegal", a state-run Chinese daily Tuesday said it is an "unwise move" that may "sabotage" positive momentum in ties.
Cambodian police arrested an opposition senator Saturday after the country`s strongman leader accused him of "treason" for posting on social media a disputed document about the border with neighbouring Vietnam.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Sunday he wanted to use a four-day trade mission to southeast Asia to spur lucrative business deals and to forge new political alliances to counter Islamist extremism.
Chinese military has expressed its opposition to frequent surveillance by US military ships and aircraft over the disputed South China Sea, saying it is harming bilateral mutual trust and the country's security interests.
A top judge at a UN-backed war crimes tribunal in Cambodia on Monday criticised Thailand and Vietnam for refusing to provide evidence in the trials of Khmer Rouge leaders accused of atrocities during the 1970s "killing fields" era.