Latest South China Sea News

Ships from US, Australia and Japan conduct joint drills in South China Sea in defiance of Beijing

Feb. 08, 2024 06:56 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Warships from the United States, Australia and Japan have held joint drills in the South China Sea in defiance of Beijing, which claims sovereignty over virtually the entire strategic waterway. The U.S. 7th Fleet that oversees most U.S. Navy operations in the...

India begins to flex its naval power as competition with China grows

Feb. 01, 2024 22:29 PM EST

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — For decades, India has focused its defense policy on its land borders with rivals Pakistan and China. Now, as its global ambitions expand, it is beginning to flex its naval power in international waters, including anti-piracy patrols and a widely publicized deployment close...

Philippines and Vietnam agree to expand cooperation in South China Sea, which Beijing also claims

Jan. 30, 2024 06:15 AM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The Philippines and Vietnam signed agreements Tuesday to prevent incidents in the South China Sea and broaden cooperation between their coast guards in a growing alliance that will likely be frowned upon by China, which claims virtually the entire waters. The...

Southeast Asian nations cautiously optimistic of progress on Myanmar and South China Sea conflicts

Jan. 29, 2024 05:55 AM EST

LUANG PRABANG, Laos (AP) — China’s increasingly assertive posture in the South China Sea and escalating violence in Myanmar topped the agenda for Southeast Asian diplomats at their meeting in Laos on Monday, with the Laotian foreign minister expressing guarded optimism that progress could be...

China accuses US of 'abusing' international law by sailing in Taiwan Strait and South China Sea

Jan. 25, 2024 23:18 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China accused the U.S. of abusing international law with its military maneuvers in the western Pacific, one day after an American naval destroyer sailed through the politically sensitive Taiwan Strait. While China welcomes military-to-military communication with the...

Germany ready to help de-escalate tensions in disputed South China Sea, its foreign minister says

Jan. 11, 2024 07:02 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Germany’s top diplomat said Thursday that China’s actions in the South China Sea violate the rights of Asian coastal states like the Philippines and threaten freedom of navigation, but added that territorial disputes have to be resolved peacefully because “the...

China vows to keep up military pressure on the Philippines as territorial dispute grows tenser

Dec. 21, 2023 02:20 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi says the country will maintain military pressure on the Philippines amid a dispute over sovereignty in the South China Sea that could involve U.S. forces defending their treaty partner. In a phone conversation Wednesday with his...

Big pay raise for troops in defense bill sent to Biden. Conservatives stymied on cultural issues

Dec. 14, 2023 16:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a defense policy bill Thursday that authorizes the biggest pay raise for troops in more than two decades, overcoming objections from some conservatives concerned the measure did not do enough to restrict the Pentagon's diversity initiatives, abortion travel...

Philippine military head was aboard a ship harassed by China. Beijing accuses US of stirring trouble

Dec. 11, 2023 05:54 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The head of the Philippine military said Monday he was with his forces aboard a supply boat when it was blasted with a water cannon, surrounded and shoved by Chinese coast guard ships over the weekend in the disputed South China Sea. China, meanwhile,...

US and Philippines condemn the Chinese coast guard's water cannon blasts on fisheries vessels

Dec. 09, 2023 21:58 PM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines and its treaty ally, the United States, separately condemned a high-seas assault Saturday by the Chinese coast guard together with suspected militia ships that repeatedly blasted water cannons to block three Philippine fisheries vessels from a disputed...