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China Blames United States, Journalists for Obama Airport Fiasco

BEIJING, Sept 5 – China on Monday leveled responsibility at the United States and journalists for a fracas at a Chinese airport, in which officials of both countries exchanged heated remarks as President Barack Obama disembarked from his aircraft. The comments by a foreign ministry spokeswoman were in response to questions whether China, which is

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China Expresses Concern About Indian Missiles on Border

BEIJING, Aug 25 – China’s Defence Ministry said on Thursday that it hoped India could put more efforts into regional peace and stability rather than the opposite, in response to Indian plans to put advanced cruise missiles along the disputed border with China. Indian military officials say the plan is to equip regiments deployed on

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China’s Legal Setback Could Spur More South China Sea Claims

By Anthony Deutsch and Toby Sterling AMSTERDAM, July 14 – China’s resounding defeat in a legal battle with the Philippines over territorial claims in the South China Sea could embolden other states to file lawsuits if Beijing refuses to compromise on access to the resource-rich region. There are several avenues for litigation that countries could

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China Vows to Protect South China Sea Sovereignty After Ruling

By Ben Blanchard and Martin Petty BEIJING/MANILA, July 13 – China vowed to take all necessary measures to protect its sovereignty in the South China Sea and said it had the right to set up an air defence zone, after rejecting an international tribunal’s ruling that denied its claims in the region. State media called

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Obama to Lay Out Vision for Vietnam Ties After Ending Arms Ban

By Matt Spetalnick and Martin Petty HANOI, May 24 – U.S. President Barack Obama is set to lay out more of his plan for a stronger alliance with Vietnam on Tuesday, after scrapping an arms ban that was the last big hurdle between two countries drawn together by concern over China’s military buildup. The removal

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U.S. & India Consider Joint Patrols in South China Sea

By Sanjeev Miglani NEW DELHI, Feb 10 – The United States and India have held talks about conducting joint naval patrols that a U.S. defense official said could include the disputed South China Sea, a move that would likely anger Beijing, which claims most of the waterway. Washington wants its regional allies and other Asian

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China Says U.S. Looking for Excuses to Raise Defense Budget

BEIJING, Feb 3 – China said on Wednesday the United States was just looking for excuses to pump taxpayers’ money into its military, after U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter named China as a reason for seeking a $582.7 billion defense budget next year. Carter said the funding request was in line with last year’s congressional

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U.S. Navy Commander Warns of Possible South China Sea Arms Race

By Tim Kelly TOKYO, Dec 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander has warned of a possible arms race in the disputed South China Sea which could engulf the region, as nations become increasingly tempted to use military force to settle territorial spats instead of international law. Commander Admiral Scott Swift urged nations, like

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