US Navy personnel point at a computer screen showing Chinese activity on the Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. An Australian scholar said Chinese ships pointed lasers at them during a flight over the disputed sea. Photo: Reuters

Scholar points to Beijing’s ‘maritime militia’ in the South China Sea after lasers force Australian navy helicopter to land

  • Academic on board the HMAS Canberra says pilots were struck by lasers on a voyage from Vietnam to Singapore, during which they were being tailed by a Chinese warship
Topic |   South China Sea

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US Navy personnel point at a computer screen showing Chinese activity on the Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. An Australian scholar said Chinese ships pointed lasers at them during a flight over the disputed sea. Photo: Reuters
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US troops take photos of President Donald Trump aboard the USS Wasp. Photo: Reuters

President Donald Trump boasts ‘fearsome’ US military in the Pacific during final Japan speech aimed at rivals China, North Korea

  • His address to 800 cheering military personnel marked Memorial Day, the US holiday honouring the war dead. But it was also clearly aimed at growing rival China and North Korea
  • It followed a landmark visit to Japan, where he became the first foriegn guest to meet new Emperor Naruhito
Topic |   Donald Trump

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US troops take photos of President Donald Trump aboard the USS Wasp. Photo: Reuters
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