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Pentagon plans to increase drone flights by 50 pct.

...nation's most serious security threat. And China's rising military power and island-building program in the South China Sea have increased tensions and prompted a greater demand for U.S. surveillance and intelligence across the Pacific...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-08-18/pentagon-plans-increase-drone-flights
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Obama hosts Vietnam Communist Party chief

...officials see as a linchpin in Obama's Asia policy. As a front-line country nervous about Chinese expansionism in the South China Sea, Vietnam would also welcome the U.S. taking a tough line against Beijing.The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-08/obama-hosts-vietnam-communist-party-c
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Carter says US flights, sea missions in Pacific will go on

...that Beijing is building in the South China Sea, but gave few hints ahead of...military flights and patrols in the South China Sea near the projects. Officials...defense identification zone over the South China Sea, similar to one it declared over...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-05-28/carter-says-us-flights-sea-missions-p
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In US-Japan talks, China is the elephant in room

...guidelines that boost Japan's military capability amid growing Chinese assertiveness in disputed areas in the East and South China Sea claimed by Beijing. The changes, which strengthen Japan's role in missile defense, mine sweeping and ship inspections...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-04-28/us-japan-talks-china-elephant-room
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Gray whales' Pacific crossing leads to questions of origin

...winters.The scientists were expecting western whales to migrate to breeding and calving grounds somewhere in the south China Sea, said Bruce Mate, director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University and lead author of a research...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-16/gray-whales-pacific-crossing-leads-ques
State
My Turn: The U.S. needs engaged leadership

...Iran's efforts to destabilize the Middle East and obtain nuclear weapons; and China's aggressive actions in the South China Sea. All of this undermines the security of Alaska and America.Unfortunately, Mark Begich has been enabling this weak...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-10-08/my-turn-us-needs-engaged-leadership
Opinion
U.S. relationships with Asia-Pacific region: A confluence of imperatives for Alaska

...Southeast Asian nations, particularly the Philippines, over its claims to islands far beyond China's borders in the South China Sea. In the so-called 2009-2010 "year of assertiveness," China picked fights with and irritated relations with...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-04-01/us-relationships-asia-pacific-region-
Opinion
China says it monitored 2 US B-52 bombers in its airspace

...intercepting aircraft from Japan, the U.S. and other countries.China is sending its sole aircraft carrier to the South China Sea for its first sea trial, alarming the Philippines, which has conflicting claims with Beijing over parts of the region...

http://juneauempire.com/christopher-bodeen/2013-11-28/china-says-it-monitored-2-
Strongest typhoon of the year slams Philippines

...storm is forecast to barrel through the Philippines' central region Friday and Saturday before blowing toward the South China Sea over the weekend, heading toward Vietnam.President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday warned people to leave high-risk...

http://juneauempire.com/jim-gomez/2013-11-08/strongest-typhoon-year-slams-philip
One of world's strongest storms hits Philippines

...sustained winds of 215 kph (134 mph).Forecasters said the storm was expected to move out of the country and into the South China Sea on Saturday morning, where it was likely to pick up renewed strength on its way toward Vietnam.Dozens of flights...

http://juneauempire.com/regional/2013-11-08/one-worlds-strongest-storms-hits-phi
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