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  • Reuters

    Vietnam, Philippines denounce China military drills in disputed waters

    Vietnam and the Philippines on Thursday criticised China's holding of military drills in a disputed part of the South China, warning it could create tension in the region and impact Beijing's relationship with its neighbours. Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said China's exercises in the waters near the Paracel Islands were "highly provocative", while Vietnam's Foreign Ministry called them a violation of sovereignty that could be "detrimental" to Beijing's relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

  • Associated Press

    US carriers drill after Southeast Asian nations rebuke China

    A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. Two U.S. Navy aircraft carrier strike groups are conducting dual operations in the Philippine Sea in a show of the service’s ability to rapidly deploy overwhelming force in support of allies locked in disputes with China. “The U.S. Navy regularly conducts integrated strike group operations to support a free and open Indo-Pacific, and promote an international rules-based order wherein each country can reach its potential without sacrificing national sovereignty,” the release said.

  • Associated Press

    ASEAN se opone a reclamos marítimos de China

    MANILA, Filipinas (AP) — Los gobernantes del sureste asiático dijeron que un tratado oceánico de la ONU de 1982 debería ser la base de los derechos soberanos en el Mar del Sur de la China, en una enérgica declaración contra los reclamos de Beijing sobre prácticamente todas las aguas en disputa.Los jefes de estado o gobierno de la Asociación de Naciones del Sureste Asiático (ASEAN por sus siglas en inglés) expresaron su posición en un comunicado emitido por Vietnam el sábado en nombre del bloque de 10 naciones.

  • Associated Press

    ASEAN takes position vs China's vast historical sea claims

    Southeast Asian leaders said a 1982 U.N. oceans treaty should be the basis of sovereign rights and entitlements in the South China Sea, in one of their strongest remarks opposing China’s claim to virtually the entire disputed waters on historical grounds. The leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations took the position in a statement issued by Vietnam Saturday on behalf of the 10-nation bloc. ASEAN leaders held their annual summit by video on Friday, with the coronavirus pandemic and the long-raging territorial disputes high on the agenda.

  • AFP News

    Top US virus expert warns of 'serious problem' as cases surge

    America's top infectious diseases expert has warned the United States is facing a "serious problem" from a resurgent coronavirus as the illness puts the brakes on reopening two of the country's largest states. Texas and Florida closed bars and reimposed other curbs on Friday as the number of infections in the US hit a single-day record with increases in 16 states, mostly in the south and west. The contagion also continued its march through Latin America, where Brazil recorded another 1,140 deaths and Argentina toughened a lockdown in the capital Buenos Aires.

  • AFP News

    Texas, Florida slow reopening as virus cases surge

    Texas and Florida closed bars and imposed other measures on Friday to combat a surge in coronavirus cases that has put the brakes on reopening the economies of two of the largest US states. As warnings mounted worldwide over lifting lockdowns too soon, Southeast Asian leaders said the COVID-19 pandemic has swept away years of economic gains, particularly in tourism-driven and export-reliant countries such as Thailand and Vietnam. Britons sweltering in a heat wave were told meanwhile to avoid packed beaches, and a major Australian city faced a surge in infections.