Latest South China Sea News

As Biden visits Asia, China launches South China Sea drills

May. 20, 2022 09:31 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China is holding military exercises in the disputed South China Sea coinciding with U.S. President Joe Biden’s visits to South Korea and Japan that are largely focused on countering the perceived threat from Beijing. China's Maritime Safety Administration office in...

Philippines establishes coast guard outposts in disputed sea

May. 20, 2022 04:06 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has established three coast guard outposts on three islands in the disputed South China Sea to monitor ship movements and promote safety, officials said Friday, amid increasing maritime tensions with China. The move reinforced the...

Biden names envoy to SE Asia bloc, stressing US attention

May. 13, 2022 21:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday announced he's nominating one of his top national security aides as ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, aiming to underscore his administration's commitment to the Pacific region. Biden announced his decision to...

Marcos presidency complicates US efforts to counter China

May. 10, 2022 21:43 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s apparent landslide victory in the Philippine presidential election is raising immediate concerns about a further erosion of democracy in Asia and could complicate American efforts to blunt growing Chinese influence and power in the Pacific. ...

Japanese, Vietnamese leaders reject use of force in Ukraine

May. 01, 2022 05:49 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida discussed the war in Ukraine with Vietnamese leaders on Sunday and said they agreed on the respect for international law and rejection of the use of force. Japan has condemned Russia's invasion and joined Western nations...

NZ, Japan boost security ties amid Russia, China concerns

Apr. 21, 2022 11:05 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, agreed on Thursday to strengthen the partnership in defense, trade and climate between their nations, including the beginning of formal talks toward a military information sharing agreement. ...

US Pentagon chief speaks for 1st time to Chinese counterpart

Apr. 20, 2022 12:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Wednesday spoke with his Chinese counterpart for the first time since becoming Pentagon chief more than a year ago, breaking a communications impasse that American officials saw as increasingly dangerous amid concern that Beijing might provide...

Philippines ambassador to China 'Chito' Sta. Romana dies

Apr. 19, 2022 05:15 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Philippines’ ambassador to China, Jose Santiago “Chito” Sta. Romana, has died while in quarantine for COVID-19. He was 74. Sta. Romana was a longtime resident of China and had been a correspondent for ABC News prior to being appointed ambassador in 2016. ...

Japan, Philippines seek pact to further defense cooperation

Apr. 09, 2022 02:47 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and the Philippines agreed Saturday to start talks toward a possible defense agreement that would allow closer cooperation between their militaries amid regional tensions with China and Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi...

South China Sea issues handled 'properly,' Xi tells Duterte

Apr. 08, 2022 09:08 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Seeking to put a positive spin on a relationship that never quite produced the hoped-for benefits, Chinese leader Xi Jinping told outgoing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday that the two nations have “properly” handled the sensitive issue of the disputed South China...