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DEC 19, 2014 - Christian Science Monitor

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Taiwan ready to buy US missile frigates amid South China Sea spats

China issues expected angry statements after Taiwan says it will buy two vessels. But purchase is the first since 2010 and has little effect on the mainland's naval advantage viz a viz the democratic island. 

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DEC 19, 2014 - Eurasia Review

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The Half-Moon Shoal Trials: China’s Half-Hearted Response – Analysis

China has responded softly to the Philippines’ conviction of nine Chinese fishermen for poaching near Half-Moon Shoal. China’s not-so-strident stance raises questions about its “historic rights” claim in the South China Sea. By Lim Kheng Swe and Li Mingjiang IN NOVEMBER 2014, a Philippine court found nine Chinese fishermen guilty of poaching sea turtles near […] The post The Half-Moon ...

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DEC 19, 2014 - Eurasia Review

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China’s Energy Demand And South China Sea Dispute – Analysis

By Selcuk Colakoglu The South China Sea is known for its complex maritime disputes. Though parties involved in the disputes have been careful to keep the issue of sovereignty discussed within the frame of diplomatic debate, the problem has nonetheless seen recent escalation. From an energy security perspective, it seems that the situation might make […] The post China’s Energy ...

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DEC 17, 2014 - Yahoo! News

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Philippines to get frigates, gunboats, helicopters as tension simmers

By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines aims to buy two frigates, two helicopters and three gunboats for deployment in the South China Sea where a territorial dispute with China has lent urgency to the need to bolster forces, a Philippine navy officer said on Wednesday. China claims nearly the entire South China Sea, rejecting claims to parts of ...

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DEC 15, 2014 - New York Times

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Sinosphere Blog: Q. and A.: Bill Hayton on Growing Rivalries in the South China Sea

The BBC journalist’s latest work, “The South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia,” addresses the history, politics and energy resources of the sea that has become central to China’s foreign policy.

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