Beijing slams United States 'freedom of navigation' exercises in South China Sea

Beijing pressures Singapore over South China Sea

It is the third time this year that United States ships traveled within 12 nautical miles of land claimed by China, the report said.

This amounts to an explicit recognition that the Philippines is toeing China's line as ASEAN's chair.

Geng added the Chinese Navy identified the USA warship, warned and expelled it.

And in a move that could challenge Beijing's interests in the world's busiest and most strategic shipping lanes, defence ministers from the USA and Vietnam have pledged to deepen military ties for their common interests in the South China Sea.

China's Defence Ministry said it expressed its strong opposition to the United States for the "show of force".

Perhaps, President Rodrigo Duterte and his Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano should also amend their profile photos to say "ONE WITH CHINA".

He told the South Korean authorities that he was swept away in tidal currents when digging for shellfish in the sea off Ryongyon County in South Hwanghae Province.

The operation occurred at an awkward and tense moment in the region, amid the war of words between the United States and North Korea.

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"We are looking at what we will do with our spare parts, but have nothing concrete we can discuss", said a spokesman for the procurement agency of Japan's defense ministry. The Paracel chain is claimed by Vietnam, China and Taiwan.

Tokyo is concerned that the growing number of Chinese military exercises held in the Sea of Japan and in crucial corridors into the western Pacific could ultimately erode its effective control of the East China Sea. Nicole Schwegman said all Navy operations "are conducted in accordance with global law and demonstrate that the United States will fly, sail, and operate wherever worldwide law allows". As Cayetano made clear, China does not favor a legally-binding document, instead preferring a norms-based nonaggression pact that would set out a consensus agreement on acceptable forms of behavior in the South China Sea.

"They called and said "please turn around, you are in our waters", the official said.

Vietnam representatives challenged Philippines and urged the ASEAN community to rally behind Vietnam to contest the expansion of China's infrastructure and the outposts on the disputed islands in the South China Sea.

The ASEAN nations, in their final joint communiqué, agreed to go along with China's call for non-confrontational settlement of disputes in the South China Sea.

Hu Xijin, editor of the Global Times, a nationalist Communist party-controlled tabloid, said that should it come to blows, the US would likely lose more than North Korea would. "And the behaviour of the US, Japan and Australia is unlikely to change either, no matter how cordial relations between China and the other Asean members become", Zhang said.

The U.S.is not a party to the disputes in the busy and potentially oil- and gas-rich waters that also involve Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. Despite the 65 year-old U.S. -Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty, the Philippines was not sure Washington would back it militarily in a conflict with China.

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