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-(Bloomberg 15/12) As Tensions Ease, Beijing Keeps Building in the South China Sea: New satellite imagery shows China has built infrastructure covering 72 acres (28 hectares) in the Spratly and Paracel islands during 2017 to equip its larger outposts to be air and naval bases.

-(The Australian 15/12) Beijing dresses down Australia’s Navy Chief over SCS: China’s top naval commander has hit out at Australia for undermining “peace and stability” in the South China Sea when he met Australian Chief of Navy Tim Barrett.

-(PhilStar 11/12) Philippine new security alliances pushed to counter China’s SCS expansion: Security experts have urged the Philippines to explore a common visiting forces agreement (VFA) with Japan and Australia or a trilateral deal to counter China’s aggression.

-(The Star 10/12) Murky problem in the South China Sea: It is hoped that there will be a provision in the COC for “an area where it’s illegal for any fishing to be conducted”.

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-(SCMP 10/12) Ignore what you’ve read about China and the Singapore-India naval pact: While some portray deepening naval ties between the Lion City and New Delhi as an affront to Beijing, others say there are more nuanced objectives at play

-(Foreign Affairs 9/12) Crossing the South China Sea: How Maritime Trade Bridges the Gap Between Beijing and Manila.


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