South China Sea

'Go away!' US Navy spy plane in tense radio exchange with Chinese navy over South China Sea

'Go away!' US Navy spy plane in tense radio exchange with Chinese navy over 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!"

Friday, 22 May, 2015, 8:45am

General says Philippines cannot match China's island-building frenzy

General says Philippines cannot match China's island-building frenzy

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.

14 May 2015 - 10:45am 1 comment

Obama: US, Japan concerned over China actions in South China Sea

Obama: US, Japan concerned over China actions in 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)

29 Apr 2015 - 10:54am 1 comment

China reacts to Philippine leader's call to fear Beijing

China reacts to Philippine leader's call to fear Beijing

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".

16 Apr 2015 - 9:37am 1 comment

Planned joint maritime security exercise shows Asean can lead

Asean is struggling to present a united front over China's role in the South China. Photo: Reuters

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

Filipinos back Manila's move to confront China over South China Sea

Retired Filipino police officer and former town mayor Abner Afuang burns a Chinese flag in protest over territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Photo: EPA

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

Beijing considering new South China Sea air defence zone, says Japanese report

A J-15 fighter jet takes off from the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning. Photo: Xinhua

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

US says Chinese fishing rules for South China Sea 'provocative'

File photo taken on May 6, 2012 shows fishermen working on a boat in the surrounding water of the Zhaoshu Island in the South China Sea.  Photo: Xinhua

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

Expulsions likely as Hainan requires permission to fish in South China Sea

A Chinese boat fishes. Photo: AP

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

Positives and negatives affect South China Sea dispute

A Filipino makes his views known in Los Angeles. Photo: AFP

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

US navy accused of 'harassing' carrier Liaoning in South China Sea incident

The US were responsible for near-miss at sea with Chinese fleet, says one state newspaper. Photo: Reuters

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 open to allowing PLA Navy to visit its bases, says defence chief

General Emmanuel Bautista speaking yesterday. Photo: AP

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

Manila envoy set to apologise for shooting of Taiwanese fisherman

Taiwanese chant slogans to demand an apology from the Philippine government for the death of a Taiwanese fisherman killed by the Philippines Coast Guard on May 9. Photo: AFP

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

Kerry presses China, Southeast Asia to ease sea tensions

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference at the Asean meeting in the International Conference Centre in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, on Monday. Photo: AP

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

US and Philippines hold joint naval exercises near disputed reef

Chinese ships near Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands, the disputed wanter area beteen China and the philippines. Photo: AP

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