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Weekly News 20/11-26/11

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-(Reuters 24/11) China air force again flies round Taiwan, over South China Sea: Numerous H-6K bombers and other jets recently flew through the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines and the Miyako Strait in Japan’s south, and also over the South China Sea on a “combat patrol”.

-(Bloomberg 23/11) Australia fears Asia power shift to China if U.S. withdraws: Canberra is concerned that China’s military expansion in the South China Sea will lead to clashes in Asia.


Weekly News 13/11-19/11

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-(Strait Times 16/11) Asean calls for 'non-militarisation' of SCS: A statement released on Thursday (Nov 16) by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as Asean chair "emphasised the importance of non-militarisation".

-(Reuters 16/11) China, Philippines agree to avoid force in SCS, according to a joint statement issued on Thursday by China at the end of a visit to Manila by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.


Weekly News 6/11 - 12/11

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-(The New York Times 9/11) Philippines, Seeking to Appease Beijing, Halts Construction in SCS: This signals an effort to improve ties with China before a regional summit meeting in Vietnam this weekend.

-(The Diplomat 8/11) Does Vietnam Have Trump’s Backing? Clarity sought in Hanoi ahead of President Donald Trump’s state visit.


Weekly News 23/10 - 29/10

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-(Manila Times 26/10) PH, Japan want rule of law to prevail in SCS: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will push for the enforcement of the rule of law in the SCS when the two leaders meet in Tokyo.

-(Nikkei 25/10) Experts call for ASEAN unity on SCS: US still plays critical role in security, but needs to clarify strategy.


Weekly News 16/10-22/10

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-(CNN 18/10) Tillerson raps China as 'predatory' rule breaker: "China, while rising alongside India, has done so less responsibly, at times undermining the international rules-based order."

-(AP 18/10) Xi urges stronger Chinese stand against 'grim' challenges: He called for the party not only to safeguard China's sovereignty but also to revitalize Chinese culture, oppose "erroneous" ideology and promote religion that is "Chinese in orientation."


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