Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi: forging closer links with   Australia. Photograph: Mark Graham/AFP/Getty

Just days after Donald Trump made a hectoring phone call to prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, China has pledged stronger relations with Australia and w(...)

 Chinese warships taking part in a drill in the South China Sea earlier this year.    China has angered its neighbours by its aggressive claims to the maritime region, through which €4.75 trillion in trade is shipped every year. Photograph: Getty Images

Tensions over the South China Sea could be set to escalate after Beijing urged the US to act “cautiously” in its approach to disputed islands which C(...)

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 (...)

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 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 (...)

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(...)

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi (right) prepares to shake hands with US secretary of state John Kerry  at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing,  January 27th, 2016. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea topped the agenda as US secretary of state John Kerry met Chines(...)

In October, the US Navy sent the USS Lassen, a guided-missile destroyer, on patrol within  12 nautical miles of Subi Reef in the Spratly archipelago. China responded by accusing Washington of having a “cold war mentality”. Photograph: Evan Kenny/EPA/US Navy

Was there a more potent image in 2015 to represent China’s newfound confidence in matters of foreign policy than the satellite photograph of a land r(...)

 The destroyer USS Lassen sailed within 12 nautical miles of Subi Reef in the Spratly archipelago, one of the areas where Beijing has allegedly been building artificial islands, according to media reports. Photograph:Martin Wright/US Navy /EPA

The US has threatened further naval incursions into waters claimed by China after its naval manoeuvres near two artificial islands in the South China (...)

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Photograph: Reuters/US Navy

The United States said on Friday that China had placed mobile artillery weapons systems on a reclaimed island in the disputed South China Sea, a devel(...)

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