South China Sea

Vietnam in U.N. Call for Beijing to Exercise ‘Restraint’ in South China Sea

Vietnamese President Nguyễn Phú Trọng called for China to “exercise restraint” in the South China Sea on Thursday in a virtual speech at the 75th annual U.N. General Assembly. The call for moderation follows months of Beijing’s belligerent actions in the contested maritime region. 0…

Philippines’ Duterte Challenges China at U.N.: South China Sea Invasion Is Illegal

Speaking in a virtual speech at the 75th annual U.N. general assembly on Tuesday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said that his country “firmly rejects” Beijing’s recent “attempts to undermine” international law by illegally encroaching upon other nations’ sovereign territory in the South China Sea. 0…

US-led coalition encircling China’s sea ambitions

MANILA – After a series of tit-for-tat muscle-flexing exercises, the United States is now taking the next strategic step vis-à-vis China by building a coalition of allies to contain China’s naval ambitions. While the Donald Trump administration has struggled to solicit maximum diplomatic support from…

Indonesia Drives Chinese Coast Guard Ship Out of Its Waters

Indonesia’s foreign ministry lodged a formal protest with Beijing on Monday after a Chinese coastguard ship intruded into the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea for two straight days. 0…

European powers weigh wading into South China Sea

Major European powers are weighing how to step up their presence in China’s adjacent waters, including the contested South China Sea, as tensions rachet up in what some see as the dawning of a new Cold War. For European powers like Britain and France, the…

China, Indonesia sea dispute hot and getting hotter

JAKARTA – Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) cutter 5204 has become such a familiar sight inside and on the fringes of Indonesia’s 200-nautical-mile Economic Exclusion Zone (EEZ) that it is now suspected of trying to stake out the limits of Beijing’s nine-dotted line of historically claimed…

Chinese State Media: China Must Prepare for War

China must “be prepared” for war amid escalating territorial conflicts with neighboring countries that have increased the risk of military conflict in recent months, the Chinese Communist Party newspaper Global Times argued on Friday. 0…

US, China trade barbs and blows via ASEAN

In a shot across China’s bow, Southeast Asian nations expressed their concern over disputes and militarization in the South China Sea by openly welcoming a greater role for the US in the maritime region. During a virtual summit between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations…

Navy to hold ‘Drone Wars 2021’ in the Pacific

Drones in the air, drones underwater and drones on the surface. That’s right — they’re coming, and it will be the biggest unmanned fleet exercise to ever happen in Pacific waters. According to Rear Admiral Robert Gaucher, director of maritime headquarters with the US Pacific…

China flexes new dual-carrier prowess at US

At the height of the Third Taiwan Straits Crisis in 1995-96, China was forced to retreat in the face of America’s dual-aircraft carrier deployments in support of its Taiwanese ally. It was the closest that the two powers came to blows on the high seas,…

Vietnamese Fishermen: Chinese Crew ‘Beat’ Us, Stole $20,000 in Fish

A Vietnamese fishing crew say a Chinese coast guard vessel rammed their boat this summer in the South China Sea. During the attack, the Chinese crew allegedly beat the Vietnamese fishermen and forced them to sign a statement handing over $20,000 worth of fish and…

US sanctions fail to forge anti-China consensus

MANILA – America’s move to punish Chinese entities and individuals reputedly responsible for militarizing the South China Sea has sparked divisions among rival regional claimants that may ultimately blunt the targeted sanctions’ impact. Last week, the US Commerce Department placed 24 state-owned Chinese enterprises under…

China Claims It ‘Expelled’ U.S. Destroyer from South China Sea

Chinese state media on Friday claimed the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) “expelled” an American destroyer, the USS Mustin, from the South China Sea near the Xisha Islands, known in the West as the Paracel Islands. 0…

Taiwan’s Tsai softens tone after China missile drill

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has made her first open appeal to Chinese leader Xi Jinping for “restraint and responsibility” as the Chinese military flexes its muscles in multiple war-games across the Bohai Sea, Yellow Sea and East and South China Seas. Tsai made subtle overtures…

US, China blast and bluster towards a sea clash

In the latest hot salvo in an intensifying US-China Cold War, China launched its much-feared “aircraft-carrier killer” missiles into the South China Sea in a clear warning to the US Navy. The incident underscored Beijing’s growing willingness to flex its military muscle and even risk…

Beauty creams stoke anti-China screams in Philippines

MANILA – A seemingly comical but perceived by many as a deeply offensive incident has sparked a new wave of anti-China sentiment in the Philippines, highlighting again rising public resentment against President Rodrigo Duterte’s Beijing-friendly policies. In recent days, the hashtag “province of China” has…

US, China sea tensions hot and getting hotter

The US-China “New Cold War” is heating up at sea, raising the risk of an armed conflict that seemed highly unlikely just months ago amid unprecedented global health and economic crises. During its latest drills in the South China Sea on August 18, the US…

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