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17 April, 2015 7:02 AM Images Show China Building Aircraft Runway in Disputed Spratly Islands

Beijing: China is building a concrete runway on an island in the South China Sea's contested waters that will be capable of handling military aircraft when finished, satellite images released Thursday show. The first section of the runway appears like a piece of gray ribbon on an image taken last month of Fiery Cross Reef, part of the Spratly Islands 36

17 April, 2015 5:37 AM China May Gain Control of South China Sea, U.S. Navy Says

China’s island building program in the South China Sea may result in it gaining control of some of the world’s most important waterways, the U.S.’s most senior military commander for Asia said. “If this activity continues at pace, is that it -- those would give them de facto control” of the maritime territory they claim, Admiral Samuel Locklear, head of the U.S. Pacific 11

17 April, 2015 5:11 AM Allies concerned at China's maritime moves , AsiaOne Asia News

WASHINGTON - US, Japanese and South Korean diplomats Thursday renewed concerns about moves by China to stake its claim to disputed seas and urged Beijing to preserve freedom of navigation in the key waterways. Deputy US Secretary Tony Blinken repeated America's position that all competing claims in the South and East China Seas should be dealt with according 13

17 April, 2015 3:24 AM China 'building runway in disputed South China Sea island'

Satellite images show China is making progress on building an airstrip on a reef in disputed territory in the South China Sea, a report says. China's land reclamation work in the area has raised concern around the Asia-Pacific region. China claims almost the whole of the South China Sea, resulting in overlapping claims with several other Asian nations 14

17 April, 2015 3:24 AM Images show rapid Chinese progress on new South China Sea airstrip

Washington: Recent satellite images published on Thursday show China has made rapid progress in building an airstrip suitable for military use in contested territory in the South China Sea`s Spratly Islands and may be planning another, moves that have been greeted with concern in the United States and Asia. IHS Jane`s Defense Weekly said March 23 images 18

16 April, 2015 6:04 PM Images show China building airstrip on contested reef: Report

Washington: Recent satellite images show China has begun building its first airstrip in contested territory in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea and may be working on another, a leading defense publication reported on Thursday. IHS Jane`s Defense Weekly said the images provided by Airbus Defence and Space taken on March 23 showed the construction 9

16 April, 2015 12:28 PM Vietnamese fighter jets collide during training: Report

Hanoi: Two Vietnamese fighter jets crashed into each other during a training exercise over the contested South China Sea on Thursday, state media have reported, without confirming the fate of the two pilots. The Sukhoi Su-22 fighters crashed offshore from southern Binh Thuan province's coast during a diving practice, Thanh Nien newspaper said. Vietnam 8

16 April, 2015 11:56 AM Viswanathan Anand in elite company in Shamkir Chess

Shamkir (Azerbaijan): Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand will have his hands full when he competes in a very strong field in the Shamkir Chess 2015, held in the memory of Vugar Gashimov. Come Friday, the Heydar Aliyev Centre will come alive buzzing with the world's best Grandmasters including World Champion Magnus Carlsen, who starts as the top seed in another 89

16 April, 2015 9:47 AM Manny Pacquiao eager to trade blows with Floyd Mayweather

Washington: Manny Pacquiao pronounced himself ready to fight Floyd Mayweather, saying he`s willing to engage the unbeaten American in the middle of the ring if that`s what it takes to win. The eagerly-anticipated May 2 welterweight unification showdown in Las Vegas promises to be the most lucrative fight in boxing history. "I am very excited," Pacquiao 31

15 April, 2015 8:34 AM Golfer Arjun Atwal to participate in Indonesian Masters

Jakarta: India's Arjun Atwal will be among Asia's best golfers who will lend their star power to the $750,000 Indonesian Masters when it tees off next week. No less than 25 Asian Tour champions, who include heavyweights such as Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant, the Philippines’ Angelo Que and Atwal, will grace the fairways of the Royale Jakarta Golf Club from April 35