South China Sea

Malaysian PM echoes Beijing's call for joint development in South China Sea

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak appeared to side with Beijing as he called for claimants in the South China Sea to jointly develop resources to avoid conflict and prevent "extra-regional states" from becoming involved.

Wednesday, 5 June, 2013, 12:35am 1 comment

Chinese tourist deported from Philippines for 'bullying' flight attendant

Diplomatic tensions over territorial disputes between China and the Philippines have spilled over into daily life. This restaurant in Beijing hopes to keep out Filipinos. Photo: AFP

A Chinese man has been deported from the Philippines after a flight attendant said he was bullied before take-off in Shanghai on Friday. 

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

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.

3 Jun 2013 - 3:09am

Vietnam detains anti-China protesters

Nationalist protesters hold up banners on Sunday, demonstrating Chinese territorial assertiveness in the South China Sea. Photo: AP

Vietnam yesterday detained about 30 anti-China protesters in Hanoi, amid growing tensions over rival territorial claims in the South China Sea.

3 Jun 2013 - 3:11am

Dialogue with China urged on maritime disputes

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel (left) shakes hands with Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera in Singapore yesterday. Photo: AFP

The United States and Japan called for increased dialogue with China to prevent miscalculations in waterways vital to world trade as territorial disputes raise tensions across Asia.

2 Jun 2013 - 6:58am 1 comment

PLA Navy's three fleets meet in South China Sea for rare show of force

Photo: Xinhua

China's navy has carried out a rare joint exercise, involving its three fleets, in the South China Sea as regional tensions over territorial disputes mount.

The combined drill was carried out in southern waters by warships, submarines and the naval air force from the People's Liberation Army's North Sea, East Sea and South Sea fleets, national broadcaster CCTV reported on Saturday.

27 May 2013 - 4:48am 1 comment

Beijing looks like a 'bully' by rejecting arbitration on South China Sea issue

Jerome Cohen

Beijing's rejection of international arbitration to resolve disputes over its claim to most of the South China Sea makes it look like a "bully" in the world community, a leading US expert on Chinese law said this week.

25 May 2013 - 5:26am 9 comments

Who said it?

Medea Benjamin

Some say it's rude to interrupt the president, but it's rude to kill innocent people with drones

Medea Benjamin on heckling US President Barack Obama


If you can control football, you are half way to controlling Indonesia

A soccer official on interest in the game from the likes of President Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono


25 May 2013 - 5:27am

Philippines vows to defend territory against China

Philippines Department of National Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin speaks to the press in Manila on Thursday. The Philippines vowed to 'defend what is ours' as part of a stand-off over a Chinese warship circling a South China Sea reef occupied by Filipino marines. Photo: AFP

The Philippines vowed on Thursday to “defend what is ours” as part of a stand-off over a Chinese warship circling a South China Sea reef which is occupied by Filipino marines.

23 May 2013 - 5:01pm 7 comments

South China Sea issue tests relations between China and Asean

Leaders of ASEAN pose for a group photo during the ASEAN Summit in Bandar Seri Begawan. Photo: Reuters

Clues about the character of the new Chinese leadership are emerging from its interactions with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Following the Asean summit, China's new foreign minister, Wang Yi , visited the region for the first time. Ties are co-operative on many fronts but the South China Sea remains the hot-button issue that is colouring the overall relationship.

23 May 2013 - 4:18am 1 comment

Who said it?

Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario

The train has left the station. Either China is on board or they are not

Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario on UN arbitration over islands in the South China Sea


The audience will hear Michael's fingers click and his feet stamp

Promoter AEG on a new, high-tech show honouring Michael Jackson


11 May 2013 - 2:35am

Chinese officials fill up first Sansha cruise in disputed seas

Sansha, on an island in the disputed Paracel chain, is now considered by China part of Hainan province. Photo: AFP

More civil servants than actual tourists climbed aboard the first Chinese cruise ship to visit disputed South China Sea islands on Sunday.

29 Apr 2013 - 4:20pm 2 comments

China news round-up: Xiamen protest ends, Hunan sets up H7N9 isolation wards

Doctors hold a consultation on the treatment for an H7N9 patient, Longyan, Fujian, April 27, 2013. Photo: Xinhua.

Foreign AffairsSydney Morning Herald China's provocations against Japan were 'evidence of profound domestic insecurity rather than rational policy', says a Beijing-based diplomat.Reuters

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

How will China deal with region's distrust?

US sailors arrive at Tien Sa port in Danang, central Vietnam, for a naval engagement activity. Photo: AFP

If there has been a running theme of this column, it has been the way countries across the region have been discreetly but actively co-operating to deal with the challenges of China's rise.

23 Apr 2013 - 3:51am

Chinese poachers’ ship hauled off Philippine reef

Filipino protesters hold banners to denounce the recent grounding of a Chinese fishing vessel at the Philippines' Tubbataha reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Photo: AFP

A Chinese fishing vessel that ran aground on one of the Philippines’ most famous coral reefs more than a week ago was removed on Friday, the coast guard said.

The 48-metre ship was hauled by a tugboat from Tubbataha, a Unesco World Heritage-listed coral reef near the western island of Palawan where its crew are facing serious charges, a spokeswoman said.

19 Apr 2013 - 9:26pm 2 comments