Latest South China Sea News

Australia, Vietnam concerned about China actions in sea row

Aug. 23, 2019 5:33 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Australia and Vietnam on Friday expressed serious concern over tensions in the disputed South China Sea, where Hanoi says China's gas survey ship has infringed on its territory and has disrupted Vietnam's exploration activities. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison met in Hanoi...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Aug. 19, 2019 12:54 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. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___ DUTERTE TRIP TO...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Aug. 12, 2019 12:54 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. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___ EDITOR'S NOTE:...

US carrier sails into disputed waters amid new flare-ups

Aug. 6, 2019 9:50 AM EDT

ABOARD THE USS RONALD REAGAN, South China Sea (AP) — A U.S. aircraft carrier sailed through the disputed South China Sea on Tuesday in the latest show of America's military might amid new territorial flare-ups involving China and three rival claimant states. The U.S. Navy flew a small group of Philippine...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Aug. 5, 2019 2:59 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. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___ EDITOR'S NOTE:...

Pompeo says US not asking Asia to take sides against China

Aug. 1, 2019 10:39 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that Washington isn't asking any Asian nation to take sides as it engages with the region where China is battling for influence and aggressively expanding territorial claims in the South China Sea. Pompeo hailed an Indo-Pacific engagement...

China warns against bid to sow discord over South China Sea

Jul. 31, 2019 9:23 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — China on Wednesday warned outside nations against any attempt to sow discord between Beijing and Southeast Asian countries by playing up disputes over the South China Sea, saying differences can be resolved peacefully between the affected parties themselves. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi,...

Philippine defense chief hits China for South China Sea acts

Jul. 30, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine defense chief criticized China on Tuesday for what he called "bullying" actions in the South China Sea and said Beijing's peaceful assurances contrast with its behavior in the contested waters. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana criticized China's increasingly...

Top diplomats gather in Bangkok for key Asia-Pacific talks

Jul. 30, 2019 3:08 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Top diplomats from the Asia-Pacific region started gathering Tuesday in the Thai capital to discuss issues of concern to the area, including security on the Korean peninsula and China's territorial claims in the South China Sea. The meetings in Bangkok are hosted by the 10-member Association...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Jul. 29, 2019 1:49 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. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___ EDITOR'S NOTE:...