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South China Sea

US warship in Southeast Asia gives punch to US Asian ‘pivot’

USS Freedom. Photo: AFP

A US warship designed to fight in coastal areas arrived on Thursday in Singapore for its Southeast Asian deployment, underlining President Barack Obama’s new strategic focus on Asia.

Thursday, 18 April, 2013, 3:00pm

Asean, China to meet on maritime code of conduct

Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa (left) and Secretary-General of Asean Le Luong Minh. Photo: Xinhua

Foreign ministers from Asean and China will hold a special meeting to hasten progress on a code of conduct in the disputed South China Sea, Indonesia’s foreign minister said on Thursday.

12 Apr 2013 - 12:36pm

Xi's fishermen visit seen as warning to South China Sea neighbours

Xi Jinping shakes hands with fishermen in Tanmen. Photo: SCMP

President Xi Jinping's visit to Tanmen, a fishing village in the city of Qionghai in Hainan, on Monday came a few days after the People's Liberation Army Navy's South Sea Fleet finished a 16-day drill and patrol mission in the South China Sea.

10 Apr 2013 - 10:55am

Chinese fishing boat runs aground in Philippines reef

A US Navy ship also ran aground on Tubbataha in January. It was stuck for more than 10 weeks. Photo: AFP

A Chinese fishing boat has run aground on a World Heritage-listed coral reef in the Philippines, roughly 1,600 kilometres from China’s nearest major landmass, authorities said on Tuesday.

The vessel, with 12 crew members, was found stranded in the shallows of Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea just before midnight on Monday, coast guard spokesman Lieutenant Commander Arman Balilo said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

A Chinese show of force to remember in the South China Sea

A Z-9 helicopter prepares to land on the warship Jinggangshan in waters near south China's Hainan Province. Photo: Xinhua

Amid the daily cut and thrust surrounding the disputed South China Sea - a dangerous arena clouded by diplomatic bluster and military posturing - some events are more telling than others.

9 Apr 2013 - 3:36am

Woody Island cruises to start in Hainan this month amid sea disputes

A China Marine Surveillance worker heads to Woody Island, Sansha city, Hainan. Island tours will start this month, but visitors cannot stay overnight. Photo: Xinhua

The Hainan provincial government will begin sightseeing cruises to China's newest city, Sansha on tiny Woody Island, this month, a deputy governor of the province said yesterday.

7 Apr 2013 - 5:56pm 1 comment

PLA takes higher profile in disputed waters

Jiang Weilie visits troops on Subi Reef. Photo: SMP

The People's Liberation Army has stepped up publicity of its military activities in the South China Sea since the change of leadership last month, a move analysts say is intended to send a message to China's neighbours.

31 Mar 2013 - 6:06am 3 comments

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

Resource deals could end island rows: Australia FM

Australia's Foreign Minister Bob Carr. Photo: AP

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr on Friday urged Asian nations at odds over disputed islands in the South China and East China seas to find a way to draw up resource-sharing pacts.

Australia has remained neutral amid tensions between China and its regional neighbours, including Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines.

23 Mar 2013 - 10:26am 1 comment

Spratly Islands dispute defines China-Vietnam relations 25 years after naval clash

Vietnam's flag flies over the fortified Da Tay Island in the Spratlys archipelago. It is 25 years since China and Vietnam clashed over the islands, but the issue remains central to Beijing-Hanoi relations. Photo: Reuters

The 25th anniversary this past week of the naval clash between China and Vietnam in the Spratly Islands is not merely cause to reflect on history; it speaks to one of the more disturbing contingencies in the South China Sea now exercising minds in the region.

17 Mar 2013 - 6:05am

Talking points

Jeet Thayil

Asia's most prestigious literary prize is presented at a glittering ceremony in Hong Kong, as its principal sponsor prepares to bow out. Among the top contenders for the Man Asia Literary Prize are Pakistan's Musharraf Ali Farooqi, Japan's Hiromi Kawakami, Malaysia's Tan Twan Eng, Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk and Hong Kong-educated Jeet Thayil of India. 

14 Mar 2013 - 2:59am

Battle of the South China Sea charts

A Chinese-made globe depicting the nine-dash line, which is disputed by the Philippines, on sale in Manila. Photo: Alan Robles

Welcome to the great South China Sea battle of maps. While fears mount over the risk of conflict or miscalculation in an increasingly militarised expanse, this particular skirmish has already been under way for years.

12 Mar 2013 - 3:16am

South China Sea's history of boundary changes must not be forgotten

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak rejected a ceasefire offered by a Philippine sultan after his followers clashed with Malaysian troops over a land claim in the eastern state of Sabah. Photo: EPA

It might have been comic were people not being killed, with the Malaysian government using excessive aerial and ground firepower against a ragtag bunch of "invaders". But the bizarre incursion into the east Malaysian state of Sabah by some 200 followers of the Philippine-based Sultan of Sulu was a reminder of how many issues left over from history can suddenly spring back to life to be exploited by contemporary politicians.

10 Mar 2013 - 2:52am 6 comments

Chinese fishermen on front line of marine dispute in South China Sea

Tanmen fisherman find rich marine stocks in the South China Sea, some parts of which are under territorial dispute. Photos: AFP

The tropical waters of the South China Sea are among the most contested on earth, but Chinese fishermen who sail in them shrug off the dangers of navigating between multiple competing claimants.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Taiwan's all-volunteer military could leave garrisons short

Taiwan Defence Minister Kao Hua-chu (centre) gave a briefing on the voluntary system. Photo: AFP

Kuomintang legislator Lin Yu-fang said the embarrassing situation was due mainly to Taiwan's introduction of an all-volunteer military, which had made it difficult to recruit servicemen for posting on Pratas Island and on Taiping Island, the largest in the Spratly archipelago.

6 Mar 2013 - 4:26am