Latest South China Sea News

Vietnam bans animated 'Abominable' over South China Sea map

Oct. 16, 2019 12:25 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam has pulled "Abominable" from theaters because the U.S.-Chinese-made animated movie showed a map supporting Chinese claims to the disputed South China Sea. The image in one scene showed the so-called nine-dash line, a vague and broken outline around the resource-rich waters...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Oct. 14, 2019 2:08 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___...

US, Philippine, Japan forces hold disaster-response drills

Oct. 9, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

SUBIC, Philippines (AP) — More than 2,000 U.S. and Philippine military personnel, along with a small contingent of Japanese forces, began annual combat exercises on Wednesday aimed at responding rapidly to crises and natural disasters and underscoring their commitment to keep the region "free and open."...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Oct. 7, 2019 6:47 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___...

Philippine official tweets order for new protest vs China

Oct. 2, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine foreign secretary used Twitter to order the immediate filing of a diplomatic protest against China on Wednesday after Chinese coast guard ships reportedly neared a Philippine-occupied shoal in the disputed South China Sea. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., who...

Analysis: New challenges confront China's Communists at 70

Sep. 29, 2019 9:18 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping has an ambitious goal for China: to achieve "national rejuvenation" as a strong and prosperous nation by 2049, which would be the 100th anniversary of Communist Party rule. One problem: Donald Trump wants to make the United States great again too. The emerging clash...

Military parade will be rare look at China's arms, ambitions

Sep. 29, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A parade Tuesday by China's secretive military will be a rare look at its rapidly developing arsenal, including possibly a nuclear-capable missile that could reach the United States in 30 minutes, as Beijing gets closer to matching Washington and other powers in weapons technology. The...

Japan sees N Korea missile, China space activity as threat

Sep. 27, 2019 5:49 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has raised its caution level about North Korea's missile capability, saying in a defense report that the country resumed missile tests while taking no concrete denuclearization steps and had succeeded in making miniaturized warheads. The annual defense paper, approved Friday by the...

Filipino coast guard men convicted in Taiwan fisherman death

Sep. 18, 2019 3:44 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court found eight Filipino coast guard personnel guilty Wednesday of conspiring to shoot and kill a Taiwanese fisherman in a 2013 incident at sea that strained ties between the neighboring nations. Manila Regional Trial Court Judge Eduardo Ramon Reyes said in a...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Sep. 16, 2019 7:34 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___ U.S....