Latest South China Sea News

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...

Philippines rejects China's demand to remove ship from shoal

Nov. 25, 2021 06:33 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' defense chief rejected on Thursday China’s renewed demand that it remove its outpost on a disputed South China Sea shoal and said Chinese coast guard ships should leave the area and stop blocking Manila’s supply boats. ...

Japan, Vietnam express serious concern about South China Sea

Nov. 24, 2021 09:39 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The leaders of Japan and Vietnam expressed serious concern on Wednesday about the situation in the South China Sea and any unilateral actions aimed at altering the status quo, and agreed to work together to sustain free and open sea lanes as tensions escalate in the region amid...

Philippine supply boats reach forces at China-guarded shoal

Nov. 23, 2021 07:32 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine navy successfully transported food supplies to Filipino forces guarding a disputed shoal in the South China Sea on Tuesday, a week after China’s coast guard used water cannons to force the supply boats to turn back, sparking outrage and warnings...

China protests passage of US destroyer through Taiwan Strait

Nov. 23, 2021 06:04 AM EST

China on Tuesday protested the passage of a U.S. Navy destroyer through the Taiwan Strait, calling it a deliberate move to undermine stability in the region. The U.S. Navy said in a statement the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius “conducted a...

Xi says China will not seek dominance over Southeast Asia

Nov. 22, 2021 07:01 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Monday said his country will not seek dominance over Southeast Asia or bully its smaller neighbors, amid ongoing friction over the South China Sea. Xi made the remarks during a virtual conference with the members of the...

Philippines redeploys boats to shoal after Chinese blockade

Nov. 22, 2021 00:52 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military defiantly redeployed two supply boats on Monday to provide food to Filipino marines guarding a disputed shoal in the South China Sea after the Chinese coast guard used water cannons to forcibly turn the boats away in an assault last week...

Top US admiral warns about China threat at Halifax forum

Nov. 20, 2021 15:10 PM EST

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said Saturday the United States and its allies need to operate with a greater sense of urgency amid rising tensions and China’s increasingly assertive military actions. Adm. John C. Aquilino...

Japan urges peace between China, Taiwan, raises HK concerns

Nov. 18, 2021 11:13 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, in a telephone call Thursday with his Chinese counterpart, stressed the importance of peace and stability between China and Taiwan and expressed “serious concern” about the situation in Hong Kong and China's Xinjiang region. ...