Latest South China Sea News

The Philippine president says he won't give US access to more local military bases

Apr. 15, 2024 21:03 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president said Monday his administration has no plan to give the United States access to more Philippine military bases and stressed that the American military's presence in several camps and sites so far was sparked by China’s aggressive actions in the...

US and Philippines step up strategic partnership as China threats loom in South China Sea

Apr. 12, 2024 19:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday reassured the Philippines anew that the U.S. commitment to the country's defense is steadfast amid increasing concerns about provocative Chinese actions in disputed areas of the South China Sea. A day after President Joe Biden...

2 Philippine navy pilots killed after a training helicopter crashes near a public market and homes

Apr. 11, 2024 03:37 AM EDT

CAVITE, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine navy training helicopter crashed near a seaside city, killing the two pilots on board and narrowly missing a fruit market and neighborhood, where some horrified residents ran for their lives, officials and witnesses said on Thursday. Nobody...

US Indo-Pacific Commander 'very, very concerned' about Chinese aggression in South China Sea

Apr. 09, 2024 07:16 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said on Tuesday that he was “very, very concerned” about China’s aggression toward Philippine forces near disputed islands in the South China Sea. The Chinese coast guard has repeatedly clashed with...

China says it patrolled the South China Sea in an apparent response to US naval drills with allies

Apr. 07, 2024 05:21 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's military said Sunday that it had conducted air and sea patrols and that all activities that “disrupt the South China Sea” are under control, an apparent response to naval exercises by the U.S. and its allies. The defense chiefs of the United States,...

US, Japan, Australia and the Philippines to stage military drills in disputed South China Sea

Apr. 06, 2024 03:51 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The United States, Japan, Australia and the Philippines will hold their first joint naval exercises, including anti-submarine warfare training, in a show of force Sunday in the South China Sea where Beijing’s aggressive actions to assert its territorial claims have...

Japan's Kishida, ahead of US trip, seeks stronger military ties with Washington and other partners

Apr. 05, 2024 14:31 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Friday he wants to strengthen military and weapons development cooperation with the United States as well as with other countries such as the Philippines, as he prepares for a visit to the U.S. next week to meet with President Joe Biden. ...

Philippine president warns of countermeasures in response to Chinese aggression at sea

Mar. 28, 2024 10:07 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president said Thursday that his government would take action against what he called dangerous attacks by the Chinese coast guard and suspected militia ships in the disputed South China Sea, saying “Filipinos do not yield.” Ferdinand...

Top Chinese official says green, high tech development key as nation seeks to spur economy

Mar. 28, 2024 03:55 AM EDT

BOAO, China (AP) — China is committed to reforms that will upgrade the technological level of its largely manufacturing-based economy and exploit green technologies expected to drive around $1.4 trillion in annual revenues, a senior Communist Party official said Thursday. “We...

Philippines lodges its 'strongest protest' against China over a water cannon assault in disputed sea

Mar. 25, 2024 08:21 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines lodged its “strongest protest” against Beijing on Monday and summoned a senior Chinese diplomat over a water cannon assault by the Chinese coast guard that injured Filipino navy crew members and heavily damaged their boat in the disputed South China...