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South China Sea

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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