India backs freedom of navigation, access to resources in SCS waters.
US officials with Kerry said he would be urging the Chinese and others to take voluntary steps to ease the mounting discord.
Philippines has filed a complaint to an international tribunal alleging China’s claims are illegal.
Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said he will propose that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations call for a moratorium.
A school for children of military personnel and others living in Yongxing island in SCS.
The pirates fled the Singapore-managed tanker after navy patrol boats arrived before they could loot the vessel.
The daylong sports festival was held on Vietnamese-occupied Southwest Cay Island and also included cultural presentations.
China is planning to establish an artificial island on SCS rejecting the jurisdiction of International Court over the festering dispute.
Using unusually strong language, US Defence Secretary said that the United States was committed to its geopolitical rebalance to the region.
Anti-Chinese sentiment is never far from the surface in Vietnam.
South China Sea turbulence underlines that next government will need a new template for China.
China’s oil rig’s attempts for oil exploration in the waters of disputed islands claimed by both countries have escalated tensions.
Amitabh Mattoo said, “Chinese assertiveness is bordering on aggressiveness and there seems to be a pattern to Chinese Maritime behaviour.”
China’s stationing of the oil rig is widely seen as one of its most provocative steps in asserting its sovereignty in the South China Sea.
Beijing claims almost the whole of the South China Sea, which is believed could sit atop vast oil and gas deposits.