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Philippines sends memorial on territorial claims to U.N. tribunal

The Philippines has submitted to a U.N. tribunal a nearly 4,000-page document that details its legal arguments and evidence to prove that China's massive territorial claims in the South China Sea are "unlawful and invalid," Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said Sunday.

Philippine ship dodges China blockade to reach South China Sea outpost

By Erik de Castro and Roli Ng SECOND THOMAS SHOAL, South China Sea (Reuters) - The Philippine government vessel made a dash for shallow waters around the disputed reef in the South China Sea, evading two Chinese coastguard ships trying to block its path to deliver food, water and fresh troops to a military outpost on the shoal.

Xi says China 'not looking for trouble' in South China Sea

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Friday his country would not act aggressively regarding territorial claims in the South China Sea but was determined to safeguard its interests there. "On the issue of the South China Sea, we will not provoke trouble ourselves but we will not fear troubles provoked by others either," he said in a speech during a visit to Berlin. "When it comes to our sovereignty and territorial integrity we will strongly safeguard these interests," said Xi.

Japan pledges 24 bil. yen in fresh loans to Myanmar

Japan on Monday pledged 24 billion yen in fresh loans to Myanmar to set up electricity supply networks in central part of the country, according to Japanese officials. The new pledge was made by visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida during his meeting with Myanmar President Thein Sein at the Presidential Palace in the capital Naypyitaw, they said. Thein Sein thanked Japan for the assistance and restated his determination to create good conditions for foreign investors in Myanmar, they said.

Japan to offer 8 bil. yen in fresh grant aid to Myanmar

Japan will announce Monday it will provide about 8 billion yen in fresh grant aid to Myanmar to help the Southeast Asian nation build a train operation monitoring system and introduce advanced medical equipment to hospitals, sources close to the two countries' governments said Sunday. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, who arrived in Yangon on Sunday, will unveil the new financial support Monday during talks with his Myanmar counterpart Wunna Maung Lwin and President Thein Sein in the country's administrative capital Naypyitaw, the sources said.

Japan foreign minister to visit Bangladesh, Myanmar

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will visit Bangladesh and Myanmar from Friday to Monday in an effort to boost Japan's relations with the two countries, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday. Kishida is scheduled to hold separate talks Saturday in Dhaka with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, focusing on ways to bolster security cooperation in light of the South Asian country's active participation in U.N. peacekeeping operations, a Foreign Ministry official said.

Despite scandal, Indonesia election could entrench political dynasties

By Andrew R.C. Marshall MAKASSAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - Makassar is a scrappy, traffic-choked port city in South Sulawesi where everybody knows your name. If, that is, your name is Limpo.

Indonesia says China claims part of its territorial waters

China has claimed some parts of Indonesian territorial waters in the South China Sea, Indonesian government officials said Thursday. The state-run news agency Antara on Thursday quoted 1st Marshall Fahru Zaini, assistant deputy to the coordinating minister for political, legal and security affairs, as saying that China has included some parts of Indonesian territorial waters in the Natuna Sea, located in the South China Sea, into its nine-dash-line territorial map.

China urges Malaysia to step up search efforts for missing jet

BEIJING, March 10 (Yonhap) -- China called on Malaysian authorities Monday to step up search efforts for a missing Malaysia Airlines jet with 239 people, including more than 150 Chinese, aboard. Search efforts have failed to find any confirmed trace of the Boeing 777 aircraft more than two days after the Beijing-bound plane lost contact with Malaysian air traffic controllers without a distress signal.

Malaysia 'needs to step up efforts' over plane

Malaysian authorities need to "step up their efforts" over an aeroplane that disappeared with more than 150 Chinese on board, Beijing said Monday. "The Malaysian side attaches importance to the incident with a sincere attitude, but in light of the situation, the Malaysian side needs to step up their efforts," foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters at a regular briefing.
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