Southeast Asian foreign ministers on Saturday reiterated in a joint statement their concerns over the escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula due to the North Korea's two ICBM tests last month, saying the launches threaten world stability.
The Chinese seized a US underwater drone in the South China Sea last week and accused Washington of spying on them. Beijing said it would return the drone but the incident could worsen already strained relations between the two countries.
China's defence ministry says deployment of defensive military equipment on the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea is legitimate and lawful.
Call between U.S. president-elect and Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-Wen threatens to upset diplomacy over disputed South China Sea
China's state-run media says the recently-launched high-resolution imaging Gaofen-3 satellite will be used for disaster warnings, weather forecasting, water resource assessment and maritime rights protection.
China accuses Indonesia of injuring fisherman, charges the latter has denied.
Officials from Philippines and Vietnam meet this week to discuss possible joint exercises and navy patrols in South China Sea, shoring up new alliance between states locked in maritime rows with China
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