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US seeks Japan, China aid on NoKor threat

The South China Sea has long been the center of our attention in this part of the world, because of the overlapping claims of several nations on parts of the maritime area. When new American Secretary of State Rex Tillerson came to Asia last week, however, it was to seek cooperation to meet the threat posed by North Korea not only to the surrounding countries but also to the US itself.

China will begin preparatory work this year for an environmental monitoring station on Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal) in the South China Sea, an official said, as two US senators introduced a bill to impose sanctions on its activities in the disputed waterway.

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Japan protested to China on Thursday after spotting a Chinese warship for the first time near disputed islands in the East China Sea.

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Kerry warns Beijing

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday the United States would consider any Chinese establishment of an air defense zone over the South China Sea to be a “provocative and destabilizing act.”

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