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Pence: Trump to Meet with Kim Jong-Un Next Year, ‘We Need to See Results’

Vice President Mike Pence said from the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit on Thursday that President Donald Trump will hold a second meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un next year. Pence said Kim will be expected to submit a firm denuclearization plan at the meeting.

N. Korea says peace treaty no bargaining chip for denuclearisation

Duterte Skips South Asia Meetings for ‘Power Naps’ amid South China Sea Talks

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte skipped three major events at the annual Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit on Wednesday and has announced he will not attend the summit’s traditional gala dinner, prompting concerns at home about his health and his willingness to confront China in the South China Sea abroad.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to journalists after inspecting a coast guard training demonstration at a Japan Coast Guard base in Yokohama, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. Duterte is on a three-day official visit to Japan, his first as Philippine leader. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

China Bristles at Mike Pence Visit to Southeast Asia Summit

Chinese officials warned on Monday that Vice President Mike Pence could destabilize the South China Sea by appearing at this week’s meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.

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John Bolton: U.S. Will Oppose Beijing Deals Blocking Passage in South China Sea

National Security Advisor John Bolton warned the Chinese government Tuesday that Washington would sternly oppose any attempts to block free transit in the international waters of the South China Sea, anticipating Beijing proposing a “code of conduct” in the region to grant it control of territory far outside its borders.

US vows to up Iran pressure but says not after regime change

China Opposes Contact ‘in Any Form’ Between U.S. and Taiwan

A Chinese government official said on Friday that the United States should not have “official contact in any form” or maintain military relations with Taiwan. This demand was issued two days after the U.S. Senate passed a bill calling for increased high-level military and civilian government contacts with Taiwan.

FILE - This combination of two photos shows U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, left, speaking during a "USA Thank You" tour event in Cincinatti Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, and Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, delivering a speech during National Day celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. An official Chinese newspaper …

Southeast Asia Accepts Joint South China Sea Exercises with Beijing

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has accepted an invitation to conduct a “joint maritime exercises” with the communist government of China, likely in the South China Sea waters between China and their nations, Singapore confirmed on Friday.

French navy frigate Vendemiaire prepares to dock while a Philippine flag flutters at the international port in Manila on March 12, 2018. FNS Vendemiaire, a Floreal class light surveillance frigate, commissioned in 1993, is here for a five-day goodwill visit. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

Philippine Photos Show Chinese Militarization of South China Sea Nearly Complete

The Philippine Daily Inquirer on Monday published photos showing the breathtaking extent of Chinese military construction on disputed reefs in the Spratly Islands area of the South China Sea. The Inquirer presents the aerial photography as evidence that China is almost finished transforming the reefs into “island fortress” for the purpose of controlling the entire region.

This aerial photograph taken from a military aircraft shows alleged on-going reclamation by China on Mischief Reef in the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea in May 2015

China Pressures Singapore to Keep ASEAN Quiet on South China Sea

Singapore is scheduled to assume the rotating chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations next year, and China wasted no time making it known that it expects Singapore to keep a lid on ASEAN discontent over Chinese adventures in the South China Sea.

Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, left, shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi after a joint press conference following their meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing Monday, June 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Philippines Proposes ‘Gentleman’s Agreement’ with China on South China Sea

On Thursday, Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano suggested the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should reach a “gentlemen’s agreement” on South China Sea waterways because there is no legal authority to enforce a binding contract for navigation through the region.

SUBI REEF, SOUTH CHINA SEA - SEPTEMBER 2016: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) A satellite image of Subi Reef, an artificial island being developed by China in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Image taken 4 September 2016. (Photo by USGS/NASA Landsat data/Orbital Horizon/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Australia Foreign Minister: Trump, U.S. Must Lead in Asia

LOS ANGELES — Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop said Thursday evening that the United States should reject “isolationism” after quitting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — and lead in Asia to resist China’s naval ambitions.

Julie Bishop (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

Japan Vows Joint Exercises with U.S. in South China Sea

Japan’s defense minister announced in Washington Thursday that the nation is seeking to participate in joint maritime exercises with the United States in the South China Sea, a direct challenge to China’s repeated demands for Japan to stay out of the region.

This picture taken on April 12, 2016 shows a Vietnamese Navy officer (foreground) filming two Japanese Navy's guided-missile destroyers anchored at Cam Ranh Bay in central Vietnam. The two Japanese Self-Defence Force guided-missile destroyers Ariake and Setogiri with 500 sailors aboard are paying a four-day port call at Cam Ranh …

China’s Xi: Relationship with Russia Stronger and Growing Every Day

Chinese President Xi Jinping boasted of a closer, more robust bilateral relationship with Russia Wednesday, remarking that he and counterpart Vladimir Putin had agreed to “strengthen mutual support on major issues” as the two nations engage in military exercises in the South China Sea.

China and Russia Respond to U.S.-South Korean Talks by Holding Anti-Missile Drill

Russia Weighs in on South China Sea: ‘We Support China’

The fallout from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s very public insults towards President Barack Obama continues. Russia, previously silent on China’s creeping invasion of Philippine territory in the South China Sea, has now issued a statement supporting Beijing.

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