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Posted 15 October 2015 - 12:42 PM

BEIJING (AP) — As expectations grow that the U.S. Navy will directly challenge Beijing's South China Sea claims, China is engaging in some serious image-building for its own military by hosting two international security forums this week.
 
The events kick off Friday with an informal meeting of defense ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations known as ASEAN — four of which exercise claims to seas and islands in the South China Sea that clash with Beijing's own. It is the first time China has hosted such a meeting.
 
That will be followed by the Xiangshan Forum, at which analysts, military leaders and others from around the globe will grapple with Asian-Pacific security, maritime issues and anti-terrorism.
 
 

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Posted 15 October 2015 - 01:28 PM

“Make no mistake, the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows, as we do around the world, and the South China Sea will not be an exception,” US Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a news conference on Tuesday after a two-day meeting between senior American and Australian officials.
 
Speaking alongside Carter, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the two countries were “on the same page” on the issue. That statement was apparently undermined by the trade minister’s latest remark.
 
“Nearly three quarters of our trade moves through that South China Sea, so I think it’s quite legitimate for us to have a view on the need to make sure that we’ve got passage,” Bishop said.
 
 
US, China brace for stand-off .
 
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