Latest South China Sea News

Tensions grow as US, allies deepen Indo-Pacific involvement

Sep. 23, 2021 09:33 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — With increasingly strong talk in support of Taiwan, a new deal to supply Australia with nuclear submarines, and the launch of a European strategy for greater engagement in the Indo-Pacific, the U.S. and its allies are becoming more assertive in their approach toward a rising...

China's Xi, like Biden hours earlier, turns to calm language

Sep. 21, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Choosing calm language as tensions with the United States grow, Chinese leader Xi Jinping reiterated his nation's longtime policy of multilateralism on Tuesday, telling world leaders at the United Nations that disputes among countries “need to be handled through dialogue...

The AP Interview: UN chief warns China, US to avoid Cold War

Sep. 20, 2021 15:49 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Warning of a potential new Cold War, the head of the United Nations implored China and the United States to repair their “completely dysfunctional” relationship before problems between the two large and deeply influential countries spill over even further into the...

Germany says China has refused port stopover by warship

Sep. 15, 2021 08:57 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany said Wednesday that China has rejected a planned stopover of a German warship in a Chinese port. The frigate left Germany last month for a tour of the Indo-Pacific region as part of the German government's effort to increase its activities there. ...

China's FM Wang offers aid and friendship on Cambodia visit

Sep. 12, 2021 09:52 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Sunday that China has agreed to provide the Southeast Asian nation with grant aid of 1.75 billion yuan ($272 million), announcing the assistance during a visit by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Wang...

Japan, Vietnam sign defense transfer deal amid China worries

Sep. 12, 2021 03:46 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan can now give defense equipment and technology to Vietnam under an agreement signed Saturday, as the two countries step up their military cooperation amid worries about China's growing military influence. Japan's Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said the...

China pledges 3 million COVID vaccine shots to Vietnam

Sep. 11, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — China plans to donate 3 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine to Vietnam, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Saturday as he wrapped up a visit to Hanoi. Yi's pledge comes amid a virus lockdown in Vietnam to contain a COVID-19 surge. About 23...

Harris says she urged Vietnam to free political dissidents

Aug. 26, 2021 21:44 PM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris said Thursday she raised issues of human rights abuses and restrictions on political activism in her conversations with Vietnamese leaders this week, but offered no indication those talks bore fruit. “We’re not...

Harris urges Vietnam to join US in opposing China 'bullying'

Aug. 25, 2021 06:59 AM EDT

HANOI (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris called on Vietnam to join the U.S. in challenging China’s “bullying” in the South China Sea, continuing her sharp rhetoric against Beijing as she met with Vietnamese leaders on Wednesday. “We need to find ways to...

Harris rebukes China in speech on Indo-Pacific vision

Aug. 24, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

HANOI (AP) — U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris delivered a sharp rebuke to China for its incursions in the South China Sea, warning its actions there amount to “coercion” and “intimidation” and affirming that the U.S. will support its allies in the region against Beijing’s...