South China Sea
The U.S. military's most advanced spy plane flies over the disputed South China Sea and gets into a tense radio exchange with the Chinese navy, which tells the plane to "go away!"
Philippine military chief General Gregorio Catapang looks worried as he surveys the tiny island of Thitu, now on the front line of a rapidly intensifying construction war in the South China Sea.
The United States and Japan "share a concern" about China's activities in the South China Sea, where Beijing has built an air strip and other structures on coral reefs, President Barack Obama said as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the White House. (Photo: Xinhua)
China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson dismissed Philippine President Benigno Aquino's warning that the Asian giant's actions in the South China Sea should "engender fear for the rest of the world", stating that the Philippines should "return to the negotiation table to resolve the disputes righteously".
Asean defence chiefs agreed earlier this month to undertake a joint maritime security exercise in the strategic Malacca Strait next year. While that may not seem exactly earth-shaking, it would be a sharp break with the past practice of eschewing formal Asean-wide security exercises.25 Mar 2014 - 4:25am 1 comment
A majority of Filipinos back the Philippine government's move to challenge China's territorial claims over the South China Sea before an international arbitration court, according to the results of a poll released yesterday.11 Feb 2014 - 3:34am 11 comments
China is considering declaring a new Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the South China Sea, according to a Japanese report on Friday, a move likely to fan tensions in an area riven by territorial disputes.31 Jan 2014 - 10:38pm 4 comments
The US says new restrictions by Chinese authorities on other countries’ fishermen in the disputed South China Sea are “provocative and potentially dangerous.”10 Jan 2014 - 10:12am 3 comments
A Chinese local government has quietly introduced a set of rules that require all foreign fishing vessels to seek approval from authorities to operate in the vast area that Beijing claims in the resource-rich South China Sea.10 Jan 2014 - 10:12am 3 comments
Waters in the South China Sea could remain calm in the short term as countries focus on hammering out a code of conduct with China. However, that could change mid-year when a UN tribunal begins to process a complaint filed by the Philippines over the legality of China's claim to most of the sea.6 Jan 2014 - 3:59am
An official Chinese newspaper yesterday accused the US Navy of harassing a PLA squadron shortly before a near collision that was the most serious sea confrontation between the nations in years.17 Dec 2013 - 2:59pm 21 comments
Manila would not rule out allowing Chinese naval ships to call on the country's bases, including a planned defence installation at the former US naval facility in Subic, the Philippines' military chief told the South China Morning Post yesterday.29 Aug 2013 - 3:20am
The Philippines will send a special envoy to Taiwan to apologise for the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman, his daughter said yesterday, signalling a potential breakthrough in a major row.6 Aug 2013 - 1:52am
US Secretary of State John Kerry pressed China and Southeast Asian nations on Monday to make progress on a plan to ease tensions in the South China Sea, reminding the region that Washington had national interests at stake in the disputes.1 Jul 2013 - 11:47pm
The US and the Philippines are to hold joint naval manoeuvres in the South China Sea next week between the main island of Luzon and a reef claimed by both China and Manila, the Filipino navy said yesterday.
The exercises, taking place from June 27 to July 2, are to be held about 108 kilometres east of Scarborough Shoal, navy spokesman Lieutenant-Commander Gregory Fabic said.20 Jun 2013 - 10:45pm