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Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in a still image from video taken by a US surveillance aircraft, in May 2015. Photograph: US Navy/Handout via Reuters

Beijing reacted in muted fashion after US president-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, challenged China’s ambitions i(...)

Chinese J-15 fighter jets being launched from the deck of the “Liaoning” aircraft carrier during military drills in the South China Sea on January 2nd. China claims nearly all of the  disputed waters. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Taiwan scrambled fighter jets on Wednesday after China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier sailed through the Taiwan Strait. The order was executed only hours(...)

The People’s Republic of China flag and the US Stars and Stripes fly on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington during a visit by then Chinese president Hu Jintao in 2011. Photograph: Hyungwon Kang/Reuters

After criticism by US president-elect Donald Trump of China’s policy towards self-ruled Taiwan, Chinese media have called for a harder approach to its(...)

President Michael D. Higgins in the Presidential Palace with president of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang as they give press statements watched over by the bust of Ho Chi Minh in the city of Hanoi. Photograph: Maxwell’s

President Michael D Higgins has expressed strong support for a peaceful solution using international law to growing tensions in the South China Sea. (...)

Malaysia’s prime minister, Najib Razak (left), and China’s premier, Li Keqiang, attend a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak is the latest Asian leader to visit Beijing and criticise the West for trying to develop undue influence in the (...)

Hong Ling: A Peak of Reds

Hong Ling: A Retrospective Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle ***** The Chester Beatty is justifiably best-known as a treasure house of antiquit(...)

President Rodrigo Duterte’s (centre) remarks are the latest in a series of inflammatory statements which have alerted Washington. Photograph: EPA

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signalled growing tension between his country and the United States when he said that he would “cross the Rubicon(...)

A Chinese coast guard ship at  the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea last June. Several countries have territorial disputes with Beijing over the South China Sea, including Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and self-ruled Taiwan. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

China and Russia will stage eight days of naval manoeuvres in South China Sea off the coast of Guangdong Province from Monday, the Chinese navy said o(...)

 Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte gestures while addressing guests during a wreath-laying ceremony in observance of National Heroes Day at the Heroes Cemetery in Taguig city, south of Manila, Philippines,  August 29th,  2016. Photograph: Ace Morandante/PPD/EPA

The number of drug-related killings in the Philippines since Rodrigo Duterte became president two months ago on a pledge to wipe out the illegal drug (...)

A ship of the Chinese Coast Guard is seen near a ship of the Vietnam Marine Guard in the South China Sea, about 210km off the coast of Vietnam. Photograph: Nguyen Minh/Reuters

Vietnam has discreetly fortified several of its islands in the disputed South China Sea with new mobile rocket launchers capable of striking China’s r(...)

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