Latest South China Sea News

Analysis: China plays hardball with ex-diplomat's seizure

Dec. 12, 2018 11:46 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China is playing hardball with the detention of a former Canadian diplomat days after Canada arrested a leading Chinese executive. In many ways it looks like a classic Chinese response to perceived slights: Deny any wrongdoing, seize the moral high ground and exert maximum pressure to...

Escalating trade dispute looms over Trump, Xi meeting

Dec. 1, 2018 3:11 AM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet Saturday for some dinner diplomacy on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Argentina. The US-China trade war tops their agenda, but the two leaders also have other topics they hope to tackle, including Taiwan,...

China expresses concerns over US warships in Taiwan Strait

Nov. 29, 2018 3:31 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China said Thursday that it had expressed concerns to the U.S. over the passage of a pair of Navy warships through the Taiwan Strait, days ahead of a planned meeting between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Nov. 26, 2018 1:00 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: ___ EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look...

Analysis: Rising US, China rivalry deepening rifts in Asia

Nov. 22, 2018 5:04 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — All the usual rituals of international summits were there: the group photos, the gala dinners, the noticeably vibrant shirts leaders force themselves into. But eclipsing all of that at Asia's two big meetings was some unusually forthright criticism that exposed deepening divisions rattling...

US carrier in Hong Kong after bombers fly over S. China Sea

Nov. 21, 2018 5:47 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — A U.S. aircraft carrier docked in Hong Kong on Wednesday, days after a pair of American B-52 bombers flew over the disputed South China Sea. The arrival of the USS Ronald Reagan and its battle group in the Asian financial hub is being seen as a friendly gesture ahead of a planned meeting...

Xi: Talks on pact to avoid sea clashes could end in 3 years

Nov. 20, 2018 10:18 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping said Tuesday negotiations between Beijing and Southeast Asian nations on a nonaggression pact to prevent clashes in the disputed South China Sea could be concluded in three years and promised that any differences will be dealt with peacefully. Xi made...

Pence, Xi trade barbs in speeches at Pacific summit

Nov. 17, 2018 7:32 AM EST

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence traded barbs in speeches at a summit of world leaders Saturday, outlining competing visions for global leadership as trade and other tensions between them simmer. Pence said there would be no letup in...

Japan's Abe lays wreath in Australia city bombed in WWII

Nov. 16, 2018 4:32 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Shinzo Abe became the first prime minister of Japan to visit Darwin since the northern Australian city was bombed by Japanese forces in World War II, as he and his Australian counterpart spoke Friday of strengthening defense and other ties between their countries. Abe's one-night stay was...

US, China rivalry challenging entwined Asia-Pacific region

Nov. 15, 2018 6:32 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — The rivalry between the U.S. and China in the Asia-Pacific is proving "awkward" for Southeast Asian nations that do not want to have to choose between their friends, Singapore's prime minister said Thursday as he wrapped up a regional summit. "It's easiest not to take sides when everybody...