Latest South China Sea News

China defends sweeping maritime claims after US criticism

Jan. 13, 2022 05:32 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday defended its “historical rights” to virtually the entire South China Sea, following a new U.S. government report saying Beijing’s claims are almost entirely invalid. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin called the State Department report...

375 dead, 56 missing after typhoon slams Philippines

Dec. 20, 2021 07:51 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The death toll from the strongest typhoon to batter the Philippines this year climbed to 375, with more than 50 others still missing and several central provinces struggling with downed communications and power outages and pleading for food and water, officials said...

Typhoon leaves 31 dead, many homes roofless in Philippines

Dec. 18, 2021 07:22 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A powerful typhoon left at least 31 people dead, knocked down power and communications in entire provinces and wrought widespread destruction mostly in the central Philippines, officials said Saturday. A governor said her island has been “leveled to the ground." ...

Typhoon leaves 19 dead, many homes roofless in Philippines

Dec. 18, 2021 05:09 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A powerful typhoon left at least 19 people dead, knocked down power and communications in entire provinces and wrought widespread destruction mostly in the central Philippines, officials said Saturday. A governor said her island has been “leveled to the ground." ...

Typhoon leaves 12 dead, traps people on roofs in Philippines

Dec. 17, 2021 06:09 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A powerful typhoon that battered the central Philippines left at least 12 people dead in massive floods that trapped residents on roofs and damaged buildings including a hotel and an airport, officials said. Typhoon Rai slightly weakened after slamming...

Blinken vows more US military might in Indo-Pacific

Dec. 14, 2021 06:29 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The United States will expand its military and economic relationships with partners in Asia to push back against China’s increasing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday. Blinken said the Biden...

US envoy conveys concerns to Cambodia about Myanmar, China

Dec. 10, 2021 11:38 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A U.S. State Department envoy conveyed concerns to top Cambodian officials on Friday about bilateral and regional issues, including the crisis in Myanmar and the construction of Chinese military facilities at a Cambodian naval base. The visit by...

US orders arms embargo on Cambodia, cites Chinese influence

Dec. 09, 2021 00:11 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The U.S. has ordered an arms embargo on Cambodia, citing deepening Chinese military influence, corruption and human rights abuses by the government and armed forces in the Southeast Asian country. The added restrictions on defense-related goods and services, issued...

Japan holds drills in north as it faces Russia, China threat

Dec. 07, 2021 07:42 AM EST

ENIWA, Japan (AP) — The earth shook and explosions boomed in the crisp winter air of Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido on Tuesday, as dozens of tanks and soldiers carried out drills at a Japanese army post that has long served to keep an eye on neighboring Russia, while showcasing Japanese...

Japan's military, among world's strongest, looks to build

Dec. 06, 2021 05:17 AM EST

ENIWA, Japan (AP) — Dozens of tanks and soldiers fired explosives and machine guns in drills Monday on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, a main stronghold for a nation that is perhaps the world's least-known military powerhouse. Just across the sea from rival...