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A Chinese Coast Guard vessel manoeuvres to block a Philippine government supply ship with  media aboard at the disputed Second Thomas Shoal, in the Spratly Islands, in the South China Sea. File photograph (from 2014): Erik De Castro/Reuters

Days before an international arbitration court rules on the disputed territory in the South China Sea, the threat of armed conflict hangs over the Asi(...)

The alleged on-going land reclamation by China at Subi reef is seen from Pagasa island (Thitu Island) in the Spratlys group of islands in the South China Sea, west of the Philippines. Photograph: REuteres

in Beijing China is planning military drills in the disputed South China Sea, ahead of a landmark ruling by an international court on a challenge b(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry (left) speaks with China’s president Xi Jinping (right) as they sit at the Great Hall of the People at the end of the eight round of US-China strategic and economic dialogues on June 7th, 2016 in Beijing. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri - Pool/Getty Images

As international arbitration over China’s claims in areas of the South China Sea claimed by the Philippines looms closer, Beijing has accused Manila o(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry shakes hands with China’s president Xi Jinping at the end of the eighth round of US-China strategic and economic dialogue at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri

China and the United States were able to agree on thorny trade issues and stricter enforcement of sanctions on North Korea during high-level talks in (...)

An aerial view of the city of Sansha on Woody Island in the disputed Paracel chain in the South China Sea. Weddings, sea plane trips, fishing and scuba-diving are all planned for the island. Photograph: AFP/GettyImages

China is planning to promote disputed islands in the South China Sea as a tourism destination, similar to the holiday paradise of the Maldives, a high(...)

President Barack Obama takes the stage during a public appearance in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on Wednesday. Mr Obama highlighted human rights issues during his three-day visit, in particular the fact that activists had been blocked from meeting him. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times.

Chinese state media has warned US president Barack Obama not to meddle in a dispute over territorial claims to the South China Sea and risk turning th(...)

 A US  EP-3 spy plane flying over an unknown location. Two Chinese J-11 fighter jets carried out what the Pentagon described as an “unsafe” interception of a US EP-3 spy plane in international airspace over the South China Sea. Photograph: EPA/US department of defence

Two Chinese J-11 fighter jets carried out what the Pentagon described as an “unsafe” interception of a US EP-3 spy plane in international airspace ov(...)

Sally Brampton:  July 25th, 1955-May 10th, 2016. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The journalist and author Sally Brampton, who has died aged 60, created the template for the modern women’s magazine. She was hired as editor when the(...)

The video is a frantic montage of action sequences, with special forces troops taking out targets, soldiers dodging tripwires and loading their magazines.

“War can break out any time – are you ready?” China is beefing up the People’s Liberation Army with new ships and missiles, but also with hard hip-hop(...)

Crew members of Japanese submarine Oyashio (left) work on the deck while Japanese destroyers  dock at a port of the former US naval base in Subic bay, north of Manila, in the   Philippines.  China has an ongoing row with Tokyo over the ownership of islands in the region. Photograph: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images

China has expressed “strong dissatisfaction” after foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) bloc of advanced economies issued a statement strong(...)

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