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China’s air and naval facilities on contested islands in South China Sea ‘almost ready’

MANILA – China is nearly done building air and naval facilities on seven islands it claims in the South China Sea, recent surveillance photos obtained by a Philippine newspaper and published yesterday showed.

Why is the South China Sea unquiet?

BEIJING • Territorial disputes in the South China Sea among several countries have been ongoing for decades but tension has been increasing in recent years.

Deal on framework of South China Sea code

Foreign ministers from South-east Asia and China have adopted the framework of a code of conduct to manage disputes in the South China Sea, paving the way for negotiations on an actual code to take place by the year end.

On a disputed South China Sea island, Beijing unveils a high-tech cinema

BEIJING (THE WASHINGTON POST) - More than 200 Chinese moviegoers attended a screening on Yongxing Island in the South China Sea on Saturday (July 22), according to Xinhua news agency.

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Blasts heard near Thitu Island after Chinese vessel ‘forcefully’ takes rocket debris from Philippine boat

Encounter comes ahead of US V-P Kamala Harris' visit to a Philippine island near the disputed Spratlys.

Hopes that joint scientific effort to stop overfishing in South China Sea could chart course to peace

The South China Sea is one of the world's top fishing grounds, accounting for about 12% of the global wild catch.

Indian and Chinese troops disengaging from western Himalayan area, says India

The move comes two years after clashes at the frontier strained diplomatic ties.

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Deceptive lull in South China Sea

One year after the international arbitration tribunal at The Hague resoundingly ruled against China's claim to most of the South China Sea it would seem that Beijing has prevailed with its firm stand on the issue and refusal to acknowledge the ruling, much less abide by it.

The region's seas as arena for great power contest

South-east Asian capitals are becoming favoured arenas for global sporting tournaments graced by formidable overseas teams and few or no South-east Asian participants.

A country's size, culture matter in its approach to international law

In September 2003, I found myself in the German city of Hamburg for a significant event in Singapore's legal history - the city state's first appearance before an international court.

Asean after the tribunal ruling

There was little surprise that the traditional joint communique after last month's Asean foreign ministers' meeting did not directly address the July 12 Arbitral Tribunal ruling on the case brought by the Philippines against China's expansive claims in the South China Sea.

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Boom time for fishing village at the forefront of China's efforts to protect its 'ancestral sea'

TANMEN (Hainan) • There are two roads that visitors can take to the fishing town of Tanmen. Whichever they choose, they will be greeted by the large, beaming face of President Xi Jinping.

Giant clams change fortune of village by South China Sea

Tanmen's transformation from a quiet fishing village to buzzing tourist site is due to two things: Xi Jinping and endangered giant clams.

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UN arbitration of South China Sea spat between Philippines and China: A round-up

The United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration is expected to issue a ruling on a long-standing maritime dispute between China and the Philippines on July 12. Here's a round-up of the dispute so far.

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The Hague ruling: A close look at what the judgment says about key areas of contention

​The arbitral tribunal at the Hague has issued its ruling on the Philippines' case against China in the South China Sea, based on the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos). Here are the key areas of contention and the tribunal’s findings.

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Taiwan's Tsai Ing-wen determined to safeguard Taiwan's interests in wake of South China Sea ruling

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday (July 13) the ruling by an international arbitral tribunal on China's territorial claims in the South China Sea has "severely damaged" Taiwan's rights in the waterway, but added that the Taiwanese are "determined to protect Taiwan's interests".

Tribunal rejects China's sea claims

A United Nations-backed arbitral tribunal has determined that there is no legal basis to China's expansive claims to the South China Sea, in a strongly worded and sweeping ruling that surprised many observers and drew a swift rejection from Beijing.

What you need to know about South China Sea disputes

The South China Sea, dotted with small islands, reefs and shoals, is one of the most hotly contested areas in the world.