Latest South China Sea News

Philippines confronts Chinese diplomats over sea disputes

Mar. 24, 2023 09:02 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Filipino diplomats confronted Chinese officials in closed-door talks Friday with a slew of protests over China’s aggressive behavior in the South China Sea, including targeting a Philippine coast guard ship with a military-grade laser, but no resolution was reached on...

China threatens consequences over US warship's actions

Mar. 24, 2023 07:31 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — China threatened “serious consequences” Friday after the United States Navy sailed a destroyer around the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea for the second day in a row, in a move Beijing claimed was a violation of its sovereignty and security. The...

US denies Chinese claim it drove away American destroyer

Mar. 23, 2023 06:29 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The United States denied Chinese claims Thursday that its military had driven away an American guided-missile destroyer from operating around disputed islands in the South China Sea as tensions rise in the region between the two powers. The U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet said...

Marcos defends US military presence, which China opposes

Mar. 22, 2023 03:01 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Wednesday defended his decision to allow a larger United States military presence in the country as vital to territorial defense despite China's fierce opposition and warning that it would “drag the Philippines into the abyss of...

EU eyes more naval visits in disputed South China Sea

Mar. 15, 2023 09:43 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The European Union wants to step up its naval visits and possibly engage in joint military training exercises to promote freedom of navigation and respect for international law in the disputed South China Sea, an EU official said Wednesday. EU special...

Indonesia landslide death toll hits 32; 22 still missing

Mar. 09, 2023 10:11 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Rescue workers recovered more bodies buried under tons of mud following a landslide that crashed onto a hilly village on Indonesia’s remote Natuna islands, bringing the death toll to 32, officials said Thursday. The landslide, triggered by torrential...

Philippines launches strategy of publicizing Chinese actions

Mar. 08, 2023 06:33 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine coast guard has launched a strategy of publicizing aggressive actions by China in the disputed South China Sea, which has countered Chinese propaganda and sparked international condemnation that has put Beijing under the spotlight, a Philippine official...

Rescuers search for dozens buried in Indonesian landslides

Mar. 07, 2023 07:24 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers were searching for 47 people who were believed to be buried in their houses by landslides that tore through villages on Indonesia's remote Natuna islands after torrential rains. Eleven people were confirmed dead, officials said Tuesday. Eight...

Philippine leader urges military to focus on South China Sea

Feb. 28, 2023 00:59 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president said the main mission of his country's military has changed to ensure the protection of its territory as disputes with China and U.S.-China rivalry intensify. President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. stressed the urgency of shifting the...

Philippines eyes South China Sea patrols with US, Australia

Feb. 22, 2023 04:13 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines is in talks with the United States as well as Australia on future joint patrols in the South China Sea, where China's increasingly aggressive actions in the disputed waters are causing concern, top defense officials in the three nations said Wednesday. ...