Latest South China Sea News

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Jun. 18, 2018 12:53 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...

Protesters heckle, disrupt Duterte's Independence Day speech

Jun. 12, 2018 9:47 AM EDT

KAWIT, Philippines (AP) — A group of left-wing activists heckled and disrupted a televised Independence Day speech Tuesday by the Philippine president and called him a "traitor" amid criticism of his handling of territorial disputes with China. President Rodrigo Duterte briefly halted his speech during the...

Philippines says Chinese seizures of fish catch unacceptable

Jun. 11, 2018 7:41 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president's office on Monday called Chinese seizures of fish caught by Philippine fishing boats near a disputed shoal unacceptable, and presented three fishermen who described their experiences. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said he and Foreign Secretary Alan...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Jun. 11, 2018 5:07 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 protests China seizure of Filipinos' fish catch

Jun. 8, 2018 9:22 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — China's coast guard has continued to seize the catches of Filipino fishermen at a disputed shoal in the South China Sea despite a protest by the Philippines following an earlier incident, two officials said Friday. The Philippines expressed concern to China in a meeting in Manila...

Putin heads to China to bolster ties as US pressure grows

Jun. 6, 2018 11:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Just a month after beginning his new term in office, Russian President Vladimir Putin is heading to China for a state visit, underscoring how mounting U.S. pressure is drawing the two countries increasingly close. Russia and China have responded to the U.S. national security strategy...

China warns US against provocations following B-52 flyby

Jun. 6, 2018 7:30 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China lashed out at the U.S. on Wednesday after a pair of B-52 bombers flew past a Chinese-held shoal in the South China Sea, amid escalating words and displays of military strength from the two major Pacific powers. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying warned the U.S. against "hyping...

Mattis warns China over 'militarization' of South China Sea

Jun. 2, 2018 2:58 PM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Saturday raised the prospect of additional American steps against China if its "militarization" of the South China Sea keeps apace. He said Beijing was intimidating and coercing others in the region by putting weapons systems on manmade islands....

Mattis slams China on South China Sea island weaponization

Jun. 2, 2018 12:27 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — China's placement of weapons systems on manmade islands in the South China Sea is designed to intimidate and coerce others in the region, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday, laying out a sharp criticism of Beijing at an international security forum and threatening larger...

India's Modi urges Indo-Pacific to fight protectionism

Jun. 1, 2018 12:25 PM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged countries in the Indo-Pacific region to unite against protectionism and cross-border tensions, including those in international waters, for the prosperity of all. Speaking at an annual security conference in Singapore, Modi said the...