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November 30, 2012 | By John Hannon
BEIJING -- Chinese maritime police will be able to "board, inspect, seize and expel" foreign ships entering Chinese waters in the South China Sea under a newly approved provincial law that could further raise tensions in the area. State media reported Thursday that the provincial congress of Hainan, a large Chinese island near Vietnam, this week passed the law to allow more aggressive action against "foreign ships illegally entering the island province's sea areas. " The new rules would take effect Jan. 1. Hainan, a popular resort that advertises itself as China's Hawaii, has administrative jurisdiction over many low-lying islands in the South China Sea claimed by China.
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April 27, 2014 | Christi Parsons, David Cloud
The U.S. and Philippine governments have worked out a new defense cooperation agreement that opens the way for the first large-scale return of American military forces to the island nation since their eviction at the end of the Cold War, according to the White House. A day before Obama is scheduled to arrive in Manila, advisors to the president said Sunday that the two sides had worked out a 10-year deal that will allow U.S. troops, warships and aircraft joint use of Philippine military and training bases on a rotational basis.
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April 29, 1990 | Reuters
China accused Vietnam and other countries Friday of increasing military tension around the disputed Spratly Islands by using foreign investment to search for oil in the South China Sea. The official Liberation Army Newspaper made the accusation in a lengthy commentary predicting increased military conflicts around the world over dwindling natural resources. Vietnam and other countries had encroached on several dozen islands and reefs where China claims sovereignty, the newspaper said.
WORLD
April 27, 2014 | Christi Parsons, David Cloud
The U.S. and Philippine governments have worked out a new defense cooperation agreement that opens the way for the first large-scale return of American military forces to the island nation since their eviction in the early 1990s, according to the White House. A day before President Obama is scheduled to arrive in Manila, advisors to the president said Sunday that the two sides had completed and will sign a framework accord that will allow U.S. troops, warships and aircraft to operate from Philippine military bases and training camps on a rotating basis.
BUSINESS
January 7, 1985
Los Angeles-based Atlantic Richfield Co. said the well south of Hainan Island was plugged and abandoned after it was determined that the deposit was not worth developing. More than 50 wells have thus far been drilled off the coast of China, and none have yielded a commercially significant quantity of oil.
NEWS
May 9, 1989 | From Associated Press
Six sailors were killed and five were injured today when fire broke out aboard a U.S. Navy supply ship in the South China Sea, Navy and Pentagon officials said. Dan Howard, the Pentagon's chief spokesman, said the fire erupted on the White Plains around 2 p.m. local time. Howard said the Navy had received preliminary indications that the fire was caused by a fuel leak, but he stressed that had not been confirmed. The White Plains, which normally carries a crew of about 403 enlisted men and 25 officers, is a food-store ship and is part of the battle group assigned to the aircraft carrier Constellation.
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August 20, 1994 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The narrow valley that cuts through the sheer cliffs and rugged limestone outcroppings on the border separating China and Vietnam is known today on both sides of the frontier as Friendship Pass. But for centuries, China's most important southern pass, only 100 miles northeast of Hanoi, carried more belligerent names, such as Conquering Barbarian Pass and Conquering South Pass. This was the traditional route for invading Chinese armies.
BUSINESS
April 3, 1995 | From Associated Press
More than 300 years ago, Portuguese mariners christened this wind-swept peninsula Cap St. Jacque. Over the centuries, it became the favorite seaside playground of rich Vietnamese, French colonialists and U.S. servicemen on leave from the long Indochina War. Now, once-sleepy Vung Tau is being transformed into an oil boom town, reflecting the rush of international energy companies into the uncharted but hotly contested South China Sea.
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April 27, 1995 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The United States should dispatch a naval carrier battle group "on a leisurely cruise" to the Philippines as a warning to the Chinese that they "will not be permitted to reign supreme over their neighbors," Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) said Wednesday. Convinced that China is "becoming an aggressive and threatening force in South Asia," the Orange County congressman met this week with Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos and suggested a strong U.S.
WORLD
October 13, 2010 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
China moved Tuesday to ease its conflict with Southeast Asian neighbors over its territorial claims, releasing Vietnamese fishermen jailed for working in disputed waters and softening its language at a meeting of defense ministers. The moves suggested that Beijing is rethinking its aggressive assertion of claims to disputed waters and islands, which has heightened tensions with its neighbors. At a meeting in Hanoi with defense ministers of the Assn. of Southeast Asian Nations, Chinese officials avoided their previous declarations that the South China Sea is a "core interest.
OPINION
April 10, 2014 | By Stefan Halper and Lezlee Brown Halper
Beijing has no shortage of issues to confront. There's the South China Sea, uncontrollable corruption, a slowing economy and factional disputes within the party and military. But Chinese officials also face one of the most difficult challenges in modern statecraft: how to conquer a myth. Despite China's attempts to dislodge its mythic appeal, Tibet as Shangri-La seems firmly set in the world's imagination. The once-independent nation, set high on a broad plateau adjacent to the Himalayas, is a worldwide symbol of mystery, aspiration, spirituality and possibility.
WORLD
March 29, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - Stepping up its role in the hunt for the elusive Malaysia Airlines flight 370, China reported Saturday that one of its Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft Saturday reported seeing "three suspicious objects" in the south Indian Ocean that could be wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The official New China News Agency, which has a reporter on the search plane, described the objects as red, white and orange and wrote that a marker had been dropped...
WORLD
March 28, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - From beach vacations to entertainers, all things Malaysian are being boycotted in China in protest of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 and what many consider the bungled investigation that has followed. Major Chinese ticketing agencies this week banned sales of airplane tickets to Malaysia, with one of them, eLong, saying it will maintain the stricture “indefinitely until the Malaysian government and Malaysia Airlines release every piece of information they have in order to find out the truth of the missing flight as soon as possible.
WORLD
March 12, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- Malaysian officials are defending their handling of the frustrating search for the Boeing 777 that vanished without a trace on Saturday morning on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. "We have nothing to hide," said acting transportation minister Hishamuddin Hussein at a stormy televised news conference late Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur. "We have been very transparent with the media and the public. " The statement came as the rare spirit of international cooperation in the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 seemed to be unraveling.
WORLD
March 12, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
A Chinese military agency on Wednesday released satellite imagery of large pieces of debris floating in the South China Sea along the planned flight path of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet with 239 on board, news agencies in Beijing reported. The images were captured early Sunday, a day after Malaysia Airlines flight 370 was last heard from on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China's State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense said, the Associated Press quoted the New China News Agency as reporting.
WORLD
March 11, 2014 | By Barbara Demick, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
BEIJING -- The passengers traveling on stolen passports on the vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 were Iranians who authorities believe were trying to migrate to Europe. Malaysian Police Inspector General Khalid Abu Bakar on Tuesday told reporters that one of the men was Pouria Nour Mohammed Mehrdad, a 19-year-old whose mother was waiting for him in Frankfurt, Germany. She contacted authorities after the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing was reported missing. “We believe he does not have any links to terrorism, and we believe he was just trying to migrate to Germany," Abu Bakar said at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.
WORLD
June 18, 2011 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
The Chinese navy conducted three days of exercises — including live fire drills — in the disputed waters of the South China Sea this week, escalating tensions over a potentially resource-rich area also claimed by some neighboring countries in Southeast Asia. The display of naval might hundreds of miles from China's southernmost border was widely seen as a warning to Vietnam, which this week conducted its own live fire drills near the Spratly Islands. Several countries claim sovereignty over the string of uninhabited volcanic rocks, which are ringed by jagged reefs and crusted with bird droppings but rendered attractive by virtue of the surrounding waters that are fertile fishing grounds and may cover significant reserves of oil and natural gas. Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei all claim jurisdiction over some of the territory.
WORLD
September 25, 2010 | By Christi Parsons and Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
President Obama and leaders from Southeast Asia on Friday called for peaceful resolution of disputes between China and its maritime neighbors, a sign that the United States intends to continue its security role in the region. Obama and the 10-member Assn. of Southeast Asian Nations issued a joint statement affirming the importance of maritime security and law, as well as the "peaceful settlement of disputes. " On the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session, the president met earlier with leaders of some southeast Asian nations who had pushed for a statement opposing the "use or threat of force" by any country trying to enforce claims in the South China Sea. Nevertheless, the softened statement was clearly directed at China, which has been involved in disputes with smaller neighbors over its claims to sections of the South China Sea that are valued for oil, gas and fishing.
NATIONAL
March 11, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
An “amazing” number of people have been scouring through satellite images to spot possible leads in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. Satellite imagery provider DigitalGlobe said Tuesday that it was uploading more shots of the Gulf of Thailand to its Tomnod website , where anyone can scroll through images and tag what might be rafts, wreckage, oil slicks or other markers. Many people noticing the same thing in the same spot would trigger an alert on the company's end. The website was inaccessible to many visitors on Tuesday because of the "amazing" and “unprecedented” response from the Internet community.
WORLD
March 9, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- Forty ships and more than 20 airplanes were searching for a missing Malaysia Airlines jet Sunday but by nightfall had not found any wreckage, Malaysian authorities said. Meanwhile, Interpol confirmed that two stolen passports -- one Italian, one Austrian -- used by passengers on the plane had been entered into the agency's database following their thefts in Thailand in 2012 and 2013. However, the agency said no checks of those passport numbers were made by any country between the time they were entered into Interpol's database and the time that Flight MH370 departed Kuala Lumpur early Saturday.
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