At a United Nations-Oceans summit, delegates from China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand, four of the top polluters of plastic into the oceans, pledge to reduce their levels of oceanic plastic pollution.
China, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines say they will act to stop plastic polluting the oceans.
''Philippines v. China''The Philippines asks the International Court of Arbitration at The Hague to invalidate China's claims to virtually all of the South China Sea. The hearing was attended by observers from Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Context: China, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand
Flooding and the death toll continues in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand. Context: Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand
Hong Kong arrests an employer for abusing an Indonesian maid which resulted in protests by migrant workers from Indonesia and the Philippines in the Chinese territory. Context: China, Indonesia, Philippines
In alleged emulation of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, Indonesian President Joko Widodo announces orders for police to "shoot" suspected drug dealers without trial. Context: Indonesia, Philippines
Indonesia renames part of the South China Sea as "North Natuna Sea," angering China. Context: China, Indonesia
Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines begin joint patrols in the pirate havens within the Celebes and Sulu Seas. Context: Indonesia, Philippines
The Philippines clarifies a controversial remark about a potential "war" with China amid criticism from Filipinos. Context: China, Philippines
Former Philippine president Fidel Ramos quits as the Philippines' special envoy to China amid a falling out with his mentee current Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte. Context: China, Philippines
Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte says he plans to cut ties with his country's former colonial ruler, the United States, while strengthening ties with China. Context: China, Philippines
The Philippine government places more than two dozen provinces on alert before Typhoon Haima makes landfall over Luzon. Haima, downgraded by the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System to a Category 4 storm, landfalls Cagayan province in the island's northeast. Weather forecasters expect the storm to impact up to 2.7 million people before veering northwest toward the Chinese coast on October 21. Context: China, Philippines
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