Latest South China Sea News

Hong Kong fishermen keep old ways, 25 years after handover

Jul. 01, 2022 07:24 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Ng Koon-yau calmly pilots his small fishing boat through the azure waters of the South China Sea. The 79-year-old has been fishing ever since he can remember. Ng and his 76-year-old brother Ng Koon-hee came to Hong Kong from Taishan in Guangdong province, across...

Live updates | Putin warns on NATO troops in Sweden, Finland

Jun. 29, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The latest on the NATO summit in Madrid: Russian President Vladimir Putin is warning Finland and Sweden that if they welcome NATO troops and military infrastructure onto their territory, Russia will respond in kind. He said Wednesday that Russia will...

NATO pivots to highlight Chinese 'challenges' for 1st time

Jun. 29, 2022 14:50 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — NATO has for the first time singled out China as one of its strategic priorities for the next decade, warning about its growing military ambitions, confrontational rhetoric toward Taiwan and other neighbors, and increasingly close ties to Russia. While Russia’s war...

Australia FM stresses AUKUS will not create nuclear weapons

Jun. 28, 2022 06:10 AM EDT

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong stressed Tuesday that her country's security pact with the U.K. and the U.S. will not create nuclear weapons, and said she hoped concerns that it may spark a regional arms race would dissipate over time. “We are...

Hong Kong's iconic Jumbo Floating Restaurant capsizes at sea

Jun. 20, 2022 20:55 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s iconic Jumbo Floating Restaurant has capsized in the South China Sea less than a week after it was towed away from the city, its parent company said Monday. The restaurant encountered “adverse conditions” on Saturday as it was passing the Xisha...

China says it successfully intercepted a missile in flight

Jun. 20, 2022 06:37 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China says it has successfully intercepted a missile in flight, in a test of an anti-ballistic missile system that could improve its defenses as it presses its territorial claims. A brief statement from the Defense Ministry late Sunday gave no details, but said the...

China launches high-tech aircraft carrier in naval milestone

Jun. 17, 2022 01:41 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing launched a new-generation aircraft carrier Friday, the first such ship to be both designed and built in China, in a milestone as it seeks to extend the range and power of its navy. The Type 003 carrier christened Fujian left its drydock at a shipyard outside...

US Defense Secretary Austin meets Thai leader to boost ties

Jun. 13, 2022 12:01 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin met with Thailand’s prime minister on Monday as part of an effort to strengthen what Austin says is Washington’s “unparalleled network of alliances and partnerships" in the region. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who is...

China accuses US of trying to 'hijack' support in Asia

Jun. 12, 2022 07:30 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — China's defense minister accused the United States on Sunday of trying to “hijack” the support of countries in the Asia-Pacific region to turn them against Beijing, saying Washington is seeking to advance its own interests “under the guise of multilateralism.” ...

China complains over US arms sales to Taiwan

Jun. 10, 2022 09:51 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — China's defense minister complained to his American counterpart on Friday about the latest U.S. arms package for Taiwan and warned of a possible conflict over the self—governing island that China claims as its own territory. Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Wei...