U.S. defence chief says China's island-building erodes security


SINGAPORE - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Saturday that Beijing's island-building in the South China Sea was undermining security in the Asia-Pacific but, despite his blunt remarks, the response from Chinese officials was measured.

Japan says China, others must behave responsibly on South China Sea 3:48am BST

SINGAPORE - Japan's Minister of Defense warned on Saturday that land reclamation projects in the South China Sea risked plunging the region into disorder and urged nations, including China, to behave responsibly.

G7 agree in principle on China joining IMF's major league 29 May 2015

DRESDEN, Germany - Finance chiefs from the Group of Seven industrial nations agreed on Friday that including China's renminbi in the International Monetary Fund's currency basket is desirable, but a technical review must be completed first.


EU, Japan say wary of unilateral actions in South China Sea 29 May 2015

TOKYO - The European Union and Japan are concerned about unilateral actions that change the status quo in the South China Sea, a joint statement said on Friday, with China's reclamation in disputed waters stoking regional tensions.


Break the vicious cycle, Singapore tells South China Sea rivals 29 May 2015

SINGAPORE - Singapore's prime minister called on countries on Friday to break the "vicious cycle" of the South China Sea row, as the United States and China exchanged increasingly angry barbs over reclaimed islands in the disputed waterway.

U.S. says China has placed mobile artillery on reclaimed island 29 May 2015

SINGAPORE - 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 development that Republican Sen. John McCain called "disturbing and escalatory." | Video

U.S. says China agrees 'pressure' key on North Korea 29 May 2015

BEIJING - China has agreed that "pressure" on North Korea is an important element in a push to rid the country of its nuclear weapons, a U.S. official overseeing policy on North Korea said on Friday.

South Korean becomes China's first confirmed MERS case 29 May 2015

BEIJING/HONG KONG - China said on Friday a South Korean man had tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), China's first confirmed case, but that it had not found any symptoms in the 38 people who had close contact with him.


China land reclamation in South China Sea creates 'new facts'- U.S. 29 May 2015

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in Washington's latest challenge of Chinese land reclamation in the South China Sea, said the scale of Beijing's activities, not the United States, was altering the status quo in the region.


Insight - Civilians emerge as pawns in South China Sea legal chess game 29 May 2015

HONG KONG/MANILA - On tiny specks in the disputed Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea, Vietnamese and Filipino children skip to school each day. Not far away, China is building lighthouses and weather stations on reclaimed land. Further north, a Chinese cruise ship takes "patriotic" tourists to a separate group of contested islands.

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