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US warship sails near disputed islands in South China Sea, say US officials

US warship sails near disputed islands in South China Sea, say US officials

2017-10-10 22:45:16, straitstimes.com

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - A US Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Tuesday (Oct 10), three US officials told Reuters, even as President Donald Trump’s administration seeks Chinese cooperation in dealing with North Korea’s missile and nuclear programmes. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Chafee, a guided-missile destroyer, challenged “excessive maritime claims” near the Paracel Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbours

 

Politics & Government

US policy on the South China Sea remains unchanged under Trump – govt

US policy on the South China Sea remains unchanged under Trump – govt

2017-05-26 12:20:26, asiancorrespondent.com

WASHINGTON’s policy on the South China Sea has not changed under President Donald Trump, a senior US State Department official said on Friday. Speaking at a news briefing in Beijing, Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton also said there were no indications China had gone cold on further potential sanctions against North Korea. A US navy warship conducted a so-called freedom of navigation drill near Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands on Thursday, the first such manoeuvre under the Trump administration, prompting an angry response from Beijing

 

Business

Hong Kong and south China brace for Typhoon Merbok

Hong Kong and south China brace for Typhoon Merbok

2017-06-12 14:35:00, reuters.com

HONG KONG Typhoon Merbok edged towards Hong Kong and the China's south coast on Monday, bringing strong winds and rough seas, with the Hong Kong observatory raising its third-highest typhoon warning signal. Financial markets, schools, businesses and non-essential government services close when the signal, No. 8, or above is hoisted. But business and financial markets were not seriously affected in Hong Kong as the signal was hoisted at 5:20 p

 

Society & Culture

At least 42 killed as torrential rain sweeps central and south China

At least 42 killed as torrential rain sweeps central and south China

2017-07-03 20:01:09, shanghaidaily.com

TORRENTIAL rain lashed parts of central and south China yesterday, with floods damaging crops, forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes and killing at least 42 people, while the north wilted in a heatwave and drought-like conditions. Water levels in more than 60 rivers in south China have risen above warning levels, flood control authorities said. Forty-two people were confirmed dead and 21 missing after heavy rain and flooding engulfed several provinces, including Hunan, and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the civil affairs ministry said

 

Law & Crime

US commander says ships on course for more days in South China Sea

US commander says ships on course for more days in South China Sea

2017-06-15 15:03:02, channelnewsasia.com

ZHANJIANG, China: U.S. Navy ships are on track to spend more time in the South China Sea this year, U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift said on Thursday in China, where a U.S. warship was making a port call. The visit by the USS Sterett guided-missile destroyer to Zhanjiang in Guangdong province, the first U.S. warship to visit China since President Donald Trump took office, comes amid tension in the disputed South China Sea, where Washington has criticised Beijing for building artificial islands

 

Science & Nature

China's Powerful Long March 5 Rocket Fails on 2nd Launch

China's Powerful Long March 5 Rocket Fails on 2nd Launch

2017-07-04 12:09:23, space.com

WASHINGTON — The second launch of China’s most powerful rocket, the Long March 5, ended in failure July 2, the second incident involving a Chinese launch vehicle in as many weeks. The Long March 5 lifted off from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on the island of Hainan at 7:23 a.m. EDT (1123 GMT). The launch, broadcast live by Chinese media, appeared to go as planned, but those broadcasts ended prior to any announcement of separation of the rocket’s payload, the Shijian-18 communications satellite

 

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