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Australia must 'be firm' in South China Sea, former CIA director says

Australia must 'be firm' in South China Sea, former CIA director says

A former military commander who led forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan says China's claim over large parts of the South China Sea are "outrageous" and urges Australia to take part in joint naval exercises.

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Bishop says Dastyari trashed ALP policy for $400k donation

Bishop says Dastyari trashed ALP policy for $400k donation

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop accuses Labor senator Sam Dastyari of putting a $400,000 price tag on his position on the South China Sea, and says Bill Shorten's response "sold out our national interest".

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Beijing 'has fully militarised South China Sea islands'

China has equipped its base in the Spratly Islands with 24 hangars, a runway, barracks, weapon emplacements and communication equipment according to an annual Pentagon report.

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South China Sea: Beijing lashes out at US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis

Beijing has hit back at US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis's criticism of its militarisation of South China Sea islands.

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Threat from North Korea 'clear and present', Mattis says

Threat from North Korea 'clear and present', Mattis says

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis says Washington is encouraged by Beijing's efforts to restrain North Korea, but will not accept Beijing's militarisation of islands in the South China Sea.

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McCain calls for South China Sea exercises to challenge 'bully' Beijing

McCain calls for South China Sea exercises to challenge 'bully' Beijing

Veteran US Senator John McCain makes a provocative call to hold massive naval exercises in the South China Sea, saying nations could band together to challenge Beijing's sovereignty over the disputed territory.

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China hits out at G7 for 'irresponsible remarks' on South China Sea

China has rebuked the powerful G7 group of nations for issuing a communique expressing concern at developments in the South China Sea.

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US warship 'drill' defies Beijing's territorial claims in South China Sea: officials

US warship 'drill' defies Beijing's territorial claims in South China Sea: officials

A US warship carries out a "drill" in the South China Sea to show Beijing it is not entitled to territorial seas around Mischief Reef, US officials say.

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China condemns 'provocative' US warship near disputed reef in South China Sea

A US warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an island claimed by China in the South China Sea on Wednesday, the first such operation since Donald Trump took office.

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US warship sails near disputed reef in South China Sea, challenging China

A US warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an island claimed by China in the South China Sea on Wednesday, the first such operation since Donald Trump took office.

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Xi warned Philippines of war over South China Sea: Duterte

Manila: China's president warned the Philippines that it would go to war if Manila insisted on enforcing an international arbitration decision rejecting China's claims over disputed areas of the South China Sea, the Philippine president said in a tel

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	China installs new rocket launchers on disputed island

China installs new rocket launchers on disputed island

The defence system has been built on Fiery Cross Reef, in the South China Sea, which is administered by Beijing but also claimed by the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan.

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ASEAN nations nudge closer to South China Sea code of conduct

South-east Asian nations and China are edging closer to an agreement that aims to lessen tensions over the flashpoint waters of the South China Sea.

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Paul Keating sounds warning about US policy in the South China Sea

Australia should be running an independent foreign policy within the US alliance structure, says Paul Keating.

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Senator Nick Xenophon warns China could sink Australian navy ships to warn US

Powerful crossbench Senator Nick Xenophon has warned China could sink an Australian naval ship to send a message to the United States if tensions escalate in the South China Sea.

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South China Sea dispute: Can Rodrigo Duterte be taken seriously?

Like so many comments made by the firebrand President, it is unclear whether he is joking, stirring patriotic sentiments at home or is, actually, serious.

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte orders troops to live on islands in South China Sea

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered troops to live on up to 10 unoccupied islands and reefs in the South China Sea in a dramatic reversal of policy on the flashpoint waters.

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	Beijing completes work on South China Sea military bases

Beijing completes work on South China Sea military bases

China has completed the construction of three military bases on artificial islands in the China Sea, according to a US think tank which monitors activity in the strategically vital region.

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Beijing can deploy military assets 'anytime' in South China Sea

Beijing can deploy military assets 'anytime' in South China Sea

Beijing is nearly finished building air bases on artificial islands in the South China Sea and can deploy combat planes and other military hardware there at anytime, a US think tank says.

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China dismisses 'militarisation' of South China Sea islands

China dismisses 'militarisation' of South China Sea islands

China's visiting Premier dismisses suggestions his nation is "militarising" the waters of the South China Sea, but has acknowledged defence equipment placed on disputed islands was to help maintain "freedom of navigation".

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Tillerson to set the tone for future of US-China relationship

Tillerson to set the tone for future of US-China relationship

On his two-day visit to China, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will deal with a host of issues that threaten to derail the world's most important bilateral relationship, including the hotly disputed South China Sea.

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China weighs in as Julie Bishop backs Japanese right to sail through troubled South China Sea

Decision signals clear fears even among close US allies about the superpower's commitment to Asia.

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China weighs in as Julie Bishop backs Japanese right to sail warship through troubled South China Sea

Decision signals clear fears even among close US allies about the superpower's commitment to Asia.

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Julie Bishop backs Japanese right to sail warship through troubled South China Sea

Decision signals clear fears even among close US allies about the superpower's commitment to Asia.

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Julie Bishop backs Japanese right to sail warship through trouble South China Sea

Decision signals clear fears even among close US allies about the superpower's commitment to Asia.

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Japanese war ship through the South China Sea 'signals region's nervousness' about Donald Trump

Decision signals clear fears even among close US allies about the superpower's commitment to Asia.

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	Japan to send its biggest warship to South China Sea

Japan to send its biggest warship to South China Sea

The 816ft Izumo helicopter carrier will make stops in Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippinesand Sri Lanka before joining a naval exercise with Indian and US naval vessels in the Indian Ocean in July.

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Japan 'plans to send largest warship to South China Sea'

​Japan plans to dispatch its largest warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea beginning in May, in its biggest show of naval force in the region since WWII.

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South China Sea dispute 'forced fishermen into Australian waters'

South China Sea dispute 'forced fishermen into Australian waters'

Territorial disputes in the South China Sea are cited in a Darwin court as the reason a group of Vietnamese men caught fishing illegally came all the way to Australia to catch sea cucumbers.

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US travel ban: Malcolm Turnbull praises Indonesia when asked how it might react

Prime Minister treads carefully on South China Sea, Washington's latest immigration measures at regional summit in Jakarta.

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Bishop slaps down reports of joint patrols in South China Sea

Bishop slaps down reports of joint patrols in South China Sea

The prospect that Australia and Indonesia would jointly patrol the South China Sea near Natuna Islands is slapped down by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who denies reports the Indonesian President had ever suggested it.

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Bishop plays down possibility of joint patrols in South China Sea

Bishop plays down possibility of joint patrols in South China Sea

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says comments made by Indonesian President Joko Widodo before his visit to Australia didn't relate to joint patrols, but rather greater cooperation to ensure freedom of navigation.

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Julie Bishop denies Indonesian president suggested joint patrols in South China Sea

Foreign Minister has claimed Joko Widodo never suggested joint patrols and she had been told he was referring to cooperation on freedom of overflight and navigation.

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Potential South China Sea conflict highlights Australia's fuel 'import vulnerability'

Potential South China Sea conflict highlights Australia's fuel 'import vulnerability'

US President Donald Trump has created a more volatile global security situation, which could spell trouble for Australia's energy supplies, experts say.

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Economy of scales: Depleted stocks force Asian fishermen into Australian waters

A modern war on the high seas is intruding into Australia's neighbourhood – the attempt to protect vulnerable fish stocks from the rampant demand of Asia's growing middle class and fishermen forced south by tensions in the South China Sea.

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Economy of scales: Depleted Asian stocks force fishermen into Australian waters

A modern war on the high seas is intruding into Australia's neighbourhood – the attempt to protect vulnerable fish stocks from the rampant demand of Asia's growing middle class and fishermen forced south by tensions in the South China Sea.

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	US deploys aircraft carrier in S China Sea despite tension

US deploys aircraft carrier in S China Sea despite tension

The US has deployed an aircraft carrier strike group to patrol the South China Sea, days after Beijing told Washington not to challenge its supposed ownership of the waterway.

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US aircraft carrier group patrols in South China Sea

US aircraft carrier group patrols in South China Sea

A United States aircraft carrier strike group begins patrols in the South China Sea amid growing tension with Beijing over control of the disputed waterway.

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Could the Indian Ocean be the next South China Sea?

Could the Indian Ocean be the next South China Sea?

Three points in the Indian Ocean account for 80 per cent of the world's seaborne oil trade and there are increasing concerns about potential militarisation in the area.

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'Both sides would lose' in China-US dispute: Chinese FM warns

'Both sides would lose' in China-US dispute: Chinese FM warns

There "cannot be conflict" between China and the US over the South China Sea, China's Foreign Minister warns during a press conference with his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop.

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'Both sides would lose' in China-US dispute, Chinese Foreign Minister warns

'Both sides would lose' in China-US dispute, Chinese Foreign Minister warns

There "cannot be conflict" between China and the US over the South China Sea, China's Foreign Minister warns during a press conference with his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop.

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Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi downplays tough Trump talk as 'campaign rhetoric'

China's foreign minister has used a visit to Australia to downplay as "campaign rhetoric" Donald Trump's hardline stances against his country on issues such as the South China Sea, trade and Taiwan.

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US is 'indispensable power' in Indo-Pacific, Bishop to tell LA audience

US is 'indispensable power' in Indo-Pacific, Bishop to tell LA audience

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is poised to use a speech in Los Angeles to call on US President Donald Trump to increase his influence in Asia, while also raising concerns about tensions in the South China Sea.

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China tells Trump to stay out of South China Sea dispute

China tells Trump to stay out of South China Sea dispute

China uses a US television network interview to send its strongest message yet to Donald Trump that it will not back down on its claims in the South China Sea.

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South China Sea: US says will prevent China taking over territory in international waters

Tillerson's remarks prompted Chinese state media to say the US would need to "wage war" to bar China's access to the islands.

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South China Sea: Philippines quietly protests China's weaponry on artificial islands

The Philippines has filed a low-key diplomatic protest over reports that China has installed anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapons on seven artificial islands in the flashpoint waters of the South China Sea.

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South China Sea: Japan to supply new patrol boats to Vietnam

Maritime security and trade have been key themes during Abe's other stops - in Indonesia, the Philippines and Australia.

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	US should be prepared for WAR if it blocks Beijing in the South China Sea warn media

US should be prepared for WAR if it blocks Beijing in the South China Sea warn media

Prospective US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was told to watch his mouth byChinese government mouthpieces after he told senators he would deny Beijing access to islands in the South China Sea.

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South China Sea: China quiet after Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson's tough talk

Some Chinese analysts say they doubt the US would dare block access to the islands.

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South China Sea: Chinese bomber flies round contested Spratlys

A Chinese H-6 strategic bomber flew around the Spratly Islands at the weekend in a new show of force in the contested South China Sea, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.

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