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May, 31, 2016

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Beijing landed a military plane on a disputed South China Sea reef it has built up into an artificial island, state media said Monday, in the first official confirmation of such a flight.
 
US defense chief visits aircraft carrier in South China Sea
For the second time in five months, Defense Secretary Ash Carter landed aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier in the bitterly contested South China Sea, sending a deliberate message to China on American power in the region.
 
US Defence Secretary Carter to visit warship in South China Sea
US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said he would visit a warship close to flashpoint waters of the South China Sea on Friday, as Beijing reacted defiantly to an American military build-up in the area.
 
In a military buildup certain to inflame tensions with China, the United States said Thursday it will be conducting joint South China Sea patrols -- and eventually air patrols -- with the Philippines, while dispatching U.S. troops and combat aircraft there on more frequent rotations.
 
Fishing amid territorial disputes in S. China Sea
As Asian countries jostle for territory in the South China Sea, one Filipino fisherman is taking a stand.
 
A Filipino paratrooper has died while taking part in joint U.S.-Philippine military exercises, the two allies said Friday.
 
Myanmar's Suu Kyi gets new role as 'counsellor'
Myanmar's president Wednesday signed a bill giving Aung San Suu Kyi a new role of state adviser, shoring up her influence across all branches of government despite vehement opposition from the still-powerful military.
 
Vietnam's coast guard has seized a mainland Chinese oil tanker which it claims intruded into Vietnamese waters, state media said Monday, the latest episode in a festering territorial dispute in the South China Sea.
 
Thousands of U.S. and Philippine troops, along with Australian special forces, began annual drills Monday to prepare to quickly respond to a range of potential crises, including in the disputed South China Sea.
 
Japanese warships in port near disputed waterway
Two Japanese destroyers and a submarine docked at a Philippine port on Sunday near disputed South China Sea waters, where Beijing's increasingly assertive behavior has sparked global concern.
 
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