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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)

Vietnam Demands Facebook Remove Disputed Islands from Map of China

Vietnamese users of Facebook were outraged last week to discover a map on the social media platform that depicted the Paracel and Spratly islands in the South China Sea as Chinese territory, even though Vietnam also has territorial claims in both island chains.

The US military conducts what it calls 'freedom of navigation' voyages in the South China Sea to contest Beijing's territorial claims

China Protests U.S. Warships Sailing Near Disputed South China Sea Islands

Two American warships, the guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins and the missile cruiser USS Antietam, conducted a freedom of navigation patrol near Woody Island in the South China Sea on Sunday – the same island in the Paracels chain where China landed nuclear-capable long-range bombers for the first time last week.

GUANGZHOU, Sept. 13, 2016 -- A Chinese Air Force H-6K bomber flies to the West Pacific, via the Bashi Strait, for a routine combat simulation drill, Sept. 12, 2016. The Chinese Air Force on Monday sent multiple aircraft models, including H-6K bombers, Su-30 fighters, and air tankers, for the drill. …

China Lands Heavy Bombers on South China Sea Island

China reportedly landed one of its H-6K heavy bombers on Woody Island in the Paracels late last week, increasing concerns about Chinese militarization of disputed islands in the South China Sea, prompting a complaint and “appropriate diplomatic action” from the Philippines.

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 …

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.

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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.

WOODY ISLAND, SOUTH CHINA SEA - APRIL 26, 2016: DigitalGlobe imagery from 26 April 2016 of Woody Island (Yongxing Island) in the South China Sea. The Island has been under the control of the People's Republic of China since 1956. (Photo DigitalGlobe via Getty Images)

Report: China to Impose ‘Air Defense Identification Zone’ in South China Sea

A report in the South China Morning Post cites Chinese sources as stating that Beijing is preparing to impose an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the South China Sea, which would require all aircraft to allow China to track their movements in the region, even over the sovereign territory of other nations.

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After Years of Environmental Destruction, China Vows to Protect South China Sea Reefs

The Chinese government is sounding the alarm on widespread destruction of coral reefs in the South China Sea, arguing that, as “owners” of the region’s disputed territories, it is Beijing’s responsibility to keep them safe. China’s protests ignore years of government construction of artificial islands and Chinese poaching that have ravaged the region.

Philippines presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte faced a storm of criticism after a video showed him making crude remarks about a female Australian missionary who was raped and killed during a prison riot in 1989

Post-Presidential Election, China Pressures Philippines to Back Down in South China Sea

The Philippines has a new president: an aggressively anti-crime mayor who has vowed to jet-ski to the disputed territories of the South China Sea and personally plant a Filipino flag. China’s state media have reacted to Rodrigo Duterte’s election with an invite to “win-win cooperation” – coupled with a threat that it will respond in kind to any “blackmail” regarding its colonization of Philippine territory.

China, Haikou : Dead fish float in the Hongcheng Lake in Haikou city, south China's Hainan province, 4 May 2016. Shoals of dead fish blanketed part of a big lake on Wednesday (4 May 2016) morning in the southern Chinese city of Haikou, capital of Hainan province. Some 40 cleaning …

Philippine Group Accuses China of Poisoning Disputed South China Sea Fish

A Philippine nationalist youth group is accusing the government of China of poisoning large swathes of the South China Sea to prevent Philippine and other foreign fishermen from benefiting from the waters’ resources, in an attempt to cement its control over the region.

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South China Sea: U.S.-Philippines Joint Patrols Will Occur ‘Regularly’

The Pentagon has announced that American forces will conduct surveillance patrols with the Philippines “regularly” in the South China Sea, as Defense Secretary Ashton Carter concludes his trip to Manila to assert America’s commitment to protect the Philippines from Chinese expansionism in the region.

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China Inaugurates Third Lighthouse in Disputed South China Sea

Chinese media outlet Xinhua has confirmed that a third illegally constructed lighthouse in the South China Sea is now fully operational. The lighthouse is located on the artificial island formerly known as Subi Reef and equipped with “automatic identification systems” that significantly expand China’s surveillance capabilities.

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Japan to Send Submarine, Destroyer Fleet to South China Sea

Reuters is reporting that Japan is sending a submarine to the Philippines as part of a Maritime Self-Defense Force fleet visit to the region, in a clear indication Japan is ready to challenge China’s claims in the South China Sea.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during a press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department in Washington, DC

Chinese Foreign Minister Teases Opening South China Sea Facilities to Journalists

In a press conference Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi struck a conciliatory tone regarding China’s militarization of disputed territory in the South China Sea, suggesting “maritime cooperation” with the United States and teasing that Beijing may invite foreign journalists to tour the region in question.

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Following Week of South China Sea Tensions, China Flexes Muscle in East China Sea

The Chinese navy is sending an advance missile frigate into the East China Sea, risking exacerbating tensions in waters it claims against Japan. The move follows a week in which the international community has condemned China’s illegal development of military facilities in the South China Sea.