Disputed Territories

PLA officers turn on the charm at regional security forum in Singapore

Lieutenant General Qi Jianguo, China's top representative at the regional security forum, with Singapore's defence minister Dr Ng Eng Hen yesterday. Photo: EPA

Senior Chinese military officials came ready to talk at a major regional security forum over the weekend, surprising delegates with a new sense of openness at a time when Beijing is making strident claims to territory across Asia's seas.

Monday, 3 June, 2013, 3:09am

China patrols disputed waters, denies firing on Vietnamese boat

Crew members of a fishery administration ship attend a ceremony before leaving the Xingang Port of Haikou before conducting patrols in the South China Sea. Photo: AP

China’s increasingly powerful navy has denied firing on a Vietnamese boat in disputed waters in the South China Sea, state media said on Wednesday, as its craft made wide-ranging patrols of the region.

28 Mar 2013 - 1:51am

Beijing's island survey plan is a test for Shinzo Abe

Testing times for Shinzo Abe

The announcement that Beijing plans to deploy surveying teams on the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands, which China calls the Diaoyu chain, has been dismissed in Japan as little more than an effort to test the response of the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

14 Mar 2013 - 2:47am

Japan scrambles fighters to meet China plane

A Chinese government plane flies near the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku islands in the East China Sea on Thursday. Photo: AFP

Japan scrambled fighter jets on Thursday to head off a Chinese government plane flying towards disputed islands in the East China Sea, the defence ministry said.

It said the Y-12 propeller plane did not enter airspace around the Tokyo-controlled islands known as the Senkakus, which Beijing claims as the Diaoyus.

28 Feb 2013 - 7:15pm 4 comments

Philippines renames coast 'West Philippine Sea'

Philippines President Benigno Aquino III at the Apecsummit in Vladivostok. Photo: AP

The Philippines officially named South China Sea waters off the country’s west coast the “West Philippine Sea”, in a move on that could further raise tensions with China.

12 Sep 2012 - 9:26pm

S Korea, Japan set for islands propaganda war

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a press conference on Sunday after taking part in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. Photo: AFP

Just days after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged South Korea and Japan to cool tensions over a territorial island dispute, both countries geared up on Tuesday for a propaganda war over the issue.

11 Sep 2012 - 1:11pm

Philippines to bring home ambassador to China

The Philippines said on Monday it would bring home its new ambassador to China after she suffered a stroke, but stressed the move would not affect efforts to solve a territorial dispute over the South China Sea.

27 Aug 2012 - 6:19pm

'1916 court case shows Manila owned shoal'

A 1916 Philippines Supreme Court decision over a shipwreck on Scarborough Shoal bolsters Manila's territorial claim to the reef, which China also claims, a maritime law expert says.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Frigate aground off Spratlys

A Chinese frigate has run aground while patrolling near a shoal in the disputed Spratly Islands chain in the South China Sea, the Ministry of National Defence confirmed yesterday.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Heritage zones in Paracels to Protect relics

Heritage protection zones will be set up along the reefs of the Paracel Islands, Hainan's provincial government said yesterday.

The move follows Beijing's announcement last Thursday that a new city, named Sansha, will administer three island chains in the South China Sea and strengthen China's sovereignty claims.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Preparing for the main event

Chinese patrol ships which sailed between a Philippines warship and Chinese fishing boats near the Scarborough Shoal in April. Photo: Reuters

Amid the manoeuvring and megaphone diplomacy between Beijing and Manila over the disputed Scarborough Shoal, a potential legal time-bomb remains for China - even if the dispute eases.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing draws onnew weapons in sea dispute

Much attention has been focused on China's military strength in its tussle with the Philippines over disputed territory in the resource-rich South China Sea.

Clearly the PLA Navy's growing reach, demonstrated by anti-piracy patrols and increased excursions into regional waters, is a major reason the decades-old conflict is attracting so much international attention lately.

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

Row over boats in disputed territory

Manila and Beijing are bickering over the number of Chinese vessels surrounding a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, despite ongoing talks to resolve a long-running stand-off.

24 May 2012 - 12:00am

Taipei 'can help out' in territorial rows

Taipei says it can play an important role in territorial disputes in the South China Sea, and that rival claimants such as the Philippines and Vietnam have tried to persuade it not to side with Beijing.

23 May 2012 - 12:00am

Actions speak louder than words

If recent history follows its course, the flag planted on the Scarborough Shoal last week by a Chinese state media reporter could soon be removed by Philippine officials determined to assert their own claim to the disputed reef in the South China Sea.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am