On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, the three top diplomats of India, US and Japan also exchanged views on maritime security, connectivity and proliferation issues.
The statement dropped an explicit reference to the South China Sea, even as both sides made an indirect criticism of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
Nguyen Phu Trong said in a speech televised at home on Wednesday that ASEAN needed to be unified in resolving territorial disputes.
Vietnam wins promised support from a US aircraft carrier and greater defence cooperation as tension intensifies with China over the disputed South China Sea.
A meeting between China and Vietnam foreign ministers was cancelled during a regional gathering amid growing tension between the two countries over the South China Sea.
Foreign ministers from the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) ended an impasse over how to resolve South China Sea disputes, calling for militarisation and island-building to be avoided.
China claims most of the energy-rich sea where neighbours Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.
China claims most of the energy-rich sea through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year.
The ship sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam in an operation meant to challenge the competing claims of all three nations.
According to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, satellite images show facilities being built on the Spratly Islands, contrary to China’s denial.
For long, South-EastAsian countries have protested Chinese aggressions in the naval region, while a distracted White House shows tepid commitment to back them.
The US has been pressing China to rein in its reclusive neighbour North Korea and also condemned the militarisation of islands in the south China sea.
China is under pressure by the US to apply more sanctions on North Korea, and quickly, as its missiles programme continues to grow.
Philippine foreign minister Alan Cayetano insists that China’s warning against drilling for oil in the South China Sea was not a threat even as Supreme Court judge urges the government to seek help from the UN.
China is not a member of ASEAN but is extremely sensitive about the content of its statements considering it a barometer of the bloc’s dissent over its artificial islands.
An earlier declaration which limits activity in the South China Sea was not stuck to by China, which has built seven islands in the Spratly archipelago.
The Philippine leader had last week announced his plan to raise the Philippine flag in the island of Thitu and fortify it with barracks, setting off alarm bells.
The US missile strike in Syria will unite Russia’s technology with China’s money and muscle and is not good for regional or world peace.
Duterte’s plan is unlikely to sit well with China, which lays claim to almost all the South China Sea, especially as it comes amid a fast-warming relationship in recent months.
A tense neighbourhood and China’s growing security presence in the Indian Ocean have given India and Malaysia much to discuss.
US experts are raging at Trump’s haste, just as Chinese experts are serene they have the upper hand.
There are many obstacles for the US-China summit, such that the American side is simply not ready for a substantive negotiation. But there are also many areas of discussion, including North Korea, the One-China policy and trade.
Trump has vowed to increase the US Navy to 350 ships from the current 290 while China has commissioned 18 ships of different varieties in 2016.
According to US officials the structures built on Spratly islands, which already have military air-strips, could be considered a military escalation.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may have just demonstrated to other world leaders how to possibly approach President Donald Trump.
Trump’s new administration vowed to prevent China from taking over the contentious South China Sea, Chinese state media hints at assertive action.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull agreed to deepen defence ties by stressing the importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in a meeting in Sydney.
The paper discusses issues like the Korean nuclear crisis and the South China Sea dispute, as well as ties with the US and India. But it is important to read between the lines to understand the Chinese perspective.
The Soviet-built Liaoning aircraft carrier was not trespassing in Taiwan’s territorial waters but entered its air defence identification zone.
China has given few details of what the Soviet-built Liaoning is up to, save that it is on a routine exercise and complying with international law.
Typhoon Nock-ten’s wind speed eased to 130 kph as it headed towards the South China Sea, passing through provinces south of Manila at a speed of 20 kph.
The underwater drone was seized by Chinese authorities on Thursday. Beijing state media has been reporting that China considers it a part of surveillance in the South China Sea by the US.
The drone, which the Pentagon said was operating lawfully about 50 nautical miles northwest of Subic Bay, off the Philippines had been captured by China as it was “unidentified equipment”
China has advanced its claim on the South China Sea by installing weapon systems on Hughes and Fiery cross reefs, worrying the Philippines.
Activity visible on Ladd Reef in the Spratly Islands could anger Hanoi’s main South China Sea rival, Beijing, which claims sovereignty over the group and most of the resource-rich sea.
Taiwan held rescue drills on Tuesday off the coast of its sole outpost in the Spratly Islands of the South China Sea, but China kept untypically quiet.
It is important to support and maintain the capital that we have as a champion of the developing world, India’s foreign secretary said.
The exercises to be held around Itu Aba, known by Taiwan as Taiping, would include drills in rescuing shipwrecked personnel.
Experts say China prefers a ‘divide and conquer’ tactic over allowing its opponents to group together.
Looking beyond Asia, India and Japan have also raised the stakes by including Africa in their development strategy, implicitly setting up a rival to China’s One Belt, One Road.