Latest South China Sea News

China denounces NATO statement, defends defense policy

Jun. 15, 2021 03:30 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese mission to the European Union on Tuesday denounced a NATO statement that declared Beijing a “security challenge,” saying China is actually a force for peace but will defend itself if threatened. The Chinese news release said the NATO...

China denounces US-Australian navy drills as muscle flexing

Jun. 11, 2021 06:43 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday said the U.S. and Australia were "flexing their muscles” with recent naval drills in the South China Sea, underscoring Beijing’s sensitivity over the strategic waterway it claims as its own. The U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet said the...

Japan, Australia share China concerns, augment defense ties

Jun. 09, 2021 09:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and Australia on Wednesday shared concern about China’s increasingly assertive actions in regional seas and expressed strong objections to “coercive or destabilizing” behavior. Foreign and defense ministers from the two countries agreed in the...

China hosts Southeast Asian ministers as it competes with US

Jun. 07, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China is hosting foreign ministers from 10 Southeast Asian nations this week amid heightened competition between Beijing and Washington for influence in the region. Chinese state media said the meeting Tuesday in the southwestern megacity of Chongqing...

Biden widens list of Chinese firms off-limits for investment

Jun. 04, 2021 08:43 AM EDT

China vehemently objected Friday to U.S. President Joe Biden’s expansion of a list of Chinese companies whose shares are off-limits to American investors because of their purported links to the Chinese military and surveillance. The White House issued the update late...

Storm leaves 3 dead, displaces thousands in Philippines

Jun. 02, 2021 10:49 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A tropical storm left at least three people dead and displaced thousands of villagers in the southern and central Philippines, where it triggered floods and landslides, officials said Wednesday. Forecasters said the storm Choi-wan was blowing...

Malaysia to summon Chinese envoy over alleged jet intrusion

Jun. 02, 2021 04:23 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government will issue a diplomatic protest over an intrusion by 16 Chinese military aircraft into its airspace, the foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said late Tuesday that he will summon the Chinese...

Chinese cargo spacecraft docks with orbital station

May. 29, 2021 21:54 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — An automated spacecraft docked with China's new space station Sunday carrying fuel and supplies for its future crew, the Chinese space agency announced. Tianzhou-2 spacecraft reached the Tianhe station eight hours after blasting off from Hainan, an island...

China launches cargo rocket with supplies for space station

May. 29, 2021 11:03 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A rocket carrying supplies for China’s new space station blasted off Saturday from an island in the South China Sea. A Long March 7 rocket carrying the automated Tianzhou-2 spacecraft took off at 8:55 p.m. (1255 GMT) from the Wenchang launch center on...

China, Philippines swap protests over Manila-occupied island

May. 29, 2021 03:14 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has demanded that China withdraw its ships and fishing vessels from the vicinity of a Philippine-occupied island in the South China Sea, where the Chinese military has asserted its sovereignty and vowed to “unswervingly safeguard” the disputed...