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Weekly News 8/1 - 14/1

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-(Reuters 9/1) Philippines to protest to China over apparent airbase on manmade island, which it described as reneging on a promise not to militarise artificial islands in SCS.

-(SCMP 9/1) US accuses Beijing of ‘provocative militarisation’ of SCS: US State Department adviser says China is pushing around smaller states with rival claims and limiting navigation in international waters -(ABS-CBN News 9/1) US to continue freedom of navigation ops in disputed SCS


Weekly News 18/12 - 24/12

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-(ABS-CBN News 20/12) Unified front on sea code for South China Sea claimants: Countries with claims in the disputed South China Sea should make a strong negotiating position when talks for a legally binding code of conduct with Beijing begin next year, according to the director of a US think tank.

-(VOA News 20/12) China to Boost Military Muscle at Sea to Deter Foreign Powers: Scholars believe China will eventually enhance radar surveillance and let fighter jets use tiny islets for stopovers.


Weekly News 11/12 - 17/12

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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.


Weekly News 4/12 - 10/12

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-(The Australian 5/12) China taking lead in Indo-Pacific arms race: The US and Australia must invest urgently in military technologies and innovation to help combat the threat posed by a rising China.

-(East Asia Forum 5/12) ASEAN needs to move to minilateralism: To save the principle of ASEAN centrality, the regional body should transcend its consensus-based decision-making and embrace minilateral arrangements on divisive issues.


Weekly News 27/11-3/12

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-(Vietnamplus 27/11) HCM City int’l conference highlights cooperation on East Sea: The ninth East Sea International Conference opened in Ho Chi Minh City on November 27, focusing on the theme “Cooperation for Regional Security and Development”.

alt-(Forbes 27/11) China Has Tempered Its Expansion In The Disputed South China Sea: China has put any new, controversial reclamation work on hold under a rising tide of foreign pressure.

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