Latest South China Sea News

US-China tensions spilling over into the military arena

Sep. 25, 2018 5:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A deterioration in U.S.-China relations, seen most dramatically in their escalating trade dispute, is spilling over into the military arena. The Pentagon on Tuesday confirmed that China had canceled a Washington visit by the head of its navy, and U.S. officials said China had denied a...

The Latest: Typhoon death toll in Philippines jumps to 28

Sep. 15, 2018 11:20 PM EDT

TUGUEGARAO, Philippines (AP) — The Latest on Typhoon Mangkhut (all times local): 11:15 a.m. Philippine officials say the death toll from Typhoon Mangkhut has risen to 28, mostly due to landslides in northern mountain provinces. Police Director General Oscar Albayalde told The Associated Press that 20 had...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Sep. 10, 2018 2:18 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...

Philippines extricates warship from South China Sea shoal

Sep. 4, 2018 3:55 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine navy extricated one of its largest warships from the shoal where it ran aground last week near a hotly disputed region in the South China Sea. Two Philippine security officials told The Associated Press early Tuesday that tugboats were used to pull the BRP Gregorio...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Sep. 3, 2018 12:43 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...

Philippines informs China of grounded frigate amid sea feud

Aug. 31, 2018 9:38 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines notified China about a Philippine navy frigate that ran aground in the South China Sea to avoid any misunderstanding because the incident happened near a hotly disputed region, three Philippine officials said Friday. The BRP Gregorio del Pilar ran aground during a...

Philippine navy ship runs aground in disputed waters

Aug. 30, 2018 12:26 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine navy frigate has run aground on a shoal in the disputed South China Sea and efforts are underway to retrieve it and its crew, who were unhurt. Military spokesman Col. Noel Detoyato said the BRP Gregorio del Pilar ran aground Wednesday night in the vicinity of the...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Aug. 27, 2018 12:50 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...

Image-conscious China appoints new global propaganda czar

Aug. 22, 2018 12:50 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's increasingly image-conscious government has appointed a trusted member of the ruling Communist Party to head up its international propaganda operation. Former top internet regulator Xu Lin will be in charge of efforts to portray China as a progressive force for good in the world at a...

Malaysia lobbies for Chinese help amid fiscal woes

Aug. 20, 2018 7:33 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Malaysia's leader said Monday that he hoped China would sympathize with his country's fiscal problems as he met with the country's leaders after suspending multibillion-dollar construction projects financed by Chinese loans. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said at a news briefing with...