Latest South China Sea News

2 US warships sail through Taiwan Strait, draw China protest

May. 23, 2019 5:13 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Two U.S. warships have sailed through the Taiwan Strait in an apparent show of support for the government of the self-ruled island, which China claims as its own. Taiwan's defense ministry said in a statement the ships passed through from south to north on Wednesday without incident,...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

May. 19, 2019 11:58 PM EDT

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...

Admiral: US hasn't stepped up sea patrols to confront China

May. 15, 2019 6:46 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — A top U.S. admiral said Wednesday the Navy has not stepped up maritime patrols to challenge China's sweeping territorial claims in the South China Sea but is maintaining a "consistent" presence in the disputed waters. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, addressing an...

US-China relations near new low amid trade battle

May. 11, 2019 2:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and China have gone through rough patches before. The American public recoiled — and the U.S. government imposed sanctions — after the People's Liberation Army slaughtered hundreds of civilians in the streets of Beijing in June 1989, crushing the Tiananmen Square...

US warns China, Russia against aggression in Arctic region

May. 6, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

ROVANIEMI, Finland (AP) — The Trump administration warned China and Russia on Monday that the U.S. won't stand for aggressive moves in the Arctic region, which is rapidly opening up to development and commerce as temperatures warm and sea ice melts. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a speech in...

Clarification: China-France-Ship story

Apr. 30, 2019 3:30 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — In a story April 25, The Associated Press reported that China had complained about a French ship entering Chinese territorial waters. China's claim that the location in the Taiwan Strait was in Chinese territorial waters is based on a more ambiguous boundary than defined by international...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Apr. 30, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

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...

Taiwan reports voyage of 2 US warships through Taiwan Strait

Apr. 29, 2019 11:55 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Two U.S. warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait over the weekend, Taiwan's defense ministry said Monday, in a move that Beijing said threatened to hinder U.S.-China relations. The ministry said the ships made the passage on Sunday, sailing from south to north through the waterway...

Indonesia detains 12 fishermen after sea clash with Vietnam

Apr. 29, 2019 12:10 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's navy said Monday that one of its patrol vessels was rammed by two Vietnamese coast guard ships after intercepting a boat it says was fishing illegally in its waters. Indonesia detained 12 Vietnamese fishermen from the boat, which sank in Saturday's clash, and they are...

China and Russia to hold joint navy drills next week

Apr. 25, 2019 5:42 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Thursday that it will hold joint naval drills with Russia next week, in another sign that the countries' militaries are growing closer in the face of shared opposition to U.S. military dominance. The "Joint Sea 2019" drills will be held off the northern port city of Qingdao,...