South China Sea

US official in Beijing to prepare for Obama visit
U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice, left, gestures as she walks with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi right before a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing Sept. 8. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--The White House's top national security adviser began talks in Beijing on Sept. 8 with top Chinese military and diplomatic officials on bilateral challenges such as a...
Anti-Beijing feelings cast cloud over Chinese items in Vietnam...
Festival lanterns with patriotic illustrations of the flag of Vietnam, a sailor and a national patrol vessel are on offer at a shop in Hanoi in August. (Manabu Sasaki)
HANOI--Fueled by a growing anti-Beijing sentiment, few retailers are stocking lanterns and goods from China for a traditional mid-autumn festival here and replaced them instead ...
Photos reveal newly constructed Chinese military facilities in...
Newly constructed facilities on an artificial island on Johnson South Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, on July 29 (Provided by Philippine military sources)
PHNOM PENH--China is rushing to build military-related facilities on reefs in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, aerial photos taken by the Philippine...
China says it wants to mend ties with Vietnam
In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, Vietnamese special envoy Le Hong Anh, left, poses with Liu Yunshan, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, prior to a meeting in Beijing on Aug. 27. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--China's President Xi Jinping told a special envoy from Vietnam on Aug. 27 that both countries should be "friendly to each other" to help mend ties after a flare-up...
Philippines relies on ‘wreck’ to keep its outpost against...
The dilapidated Sierra Madre, a former U.S. tank landing ship, in Ayungin Shoal of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Aug. 6 (Shingo Kuzutani)
SPRATLY ISLANDS--A rusting World War II-era hulk is all that is stopping China from seizing a vital reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
Indonesia ready to mediate sovereignty disputes in the South China ...
Indonesian president-elect Joko Widodo during an interview with The Asahi Shimbun in Jakarta on Aug. 11 (Tadao Onaga)
JAKARTA--Indonesia's president-elect, Joko Widodo, is prepared to play peacemaker between China and countries in Southeast Asia that have sovereignty disputes in the South...
China rebuffs U.S. efforts on South China Sea tensions
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, stands beside Vietnamese foreign minister Pham Binh Minh, center, and Philippine foreign minister Albert del Rosario in Naypyidaw on Aug. 9. (The Asahi Shimbun)
NAYPYIDAW--China appeared to rebuff pressure from the United States to rein in its assertive actions in the South China Sea on Aug. 10 as Southeast Asian nations declined to...
INTERVIEW/ Wu Jianmin: Calm, rational diplomacy serves China’s...
Wu Jianmin (Photo by Koichi Furuya)
BEIJING--While China playing hardball over the South China Sea and other issues is fueling tension with the United States and with neighboring nations, criticism still remains...
Kerry aims to calm South China Sea tensions
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, meets with Vietnam's Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, left, at a hotel during their meeting outside the venue of the 47th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Naypyitaw on Aug. 9. (AP Photo/ Pool)
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar--U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Myanmar seeking to calm tensions in the South China Sea between China and its smaller neighbors.
China to build lighthouses on five isles in defiance of U.S. call
A Chinese ship, left, chases a Vietnamese boat near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea in May. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China plans to build lighthouses on five islands in the South China Sea, state media reported on Aug. 7, in defiance of calls from the United States and the...
Japan to give patrol boats to Vietnam to keep China in check
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, left, shakes hands with Vietnamese Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh, right, after signing a note in which Japan will provide Vietnam with six used vessels worth $5 million as Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, center and Education Minister Pham Vu Luan far right look on in Hanoi, Vietnam on Aug. 1. (AP Photo)
HANOI--Japan will provide Vietnam with six used vessels that can be converted into patrol boats to support the country’s maritime defense activities in the South China Sea.
Japan names 5 isles near Senkaku Islands; China protests
The Asahi Shimbun
Japan gave names to five small isles near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea on Aug. 1, drawing an immediate protest from Beijing.
China ends drilling operations in disputed sea
In this May 7, 2012 file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Haiyang Shiyou oil rig 981, the first deep-water drilling rig developed in China, is pictured at 320 kilometers southeast of Hong Kong in the South China Sea. China on July 16, 2014 moved an oil rig that it had deployed in a section of the South China Sea, triggering a dispute with Vietnam. Beijing deployed the massive rig in early May close to the Paracel Islands, triggering a furious reaction in Hanoi and the most serious uptick in tensions in the waters in years. (AP file photo/ Xinhua)
SHANGHAI/ HANOI--A Chinese oil rig has finished drilling near the disputed Paracel islands in the South China Sea after finding signs of oil and gas and is being moved away...
No breakthroughs on cybersecurity, maritime disputes in China-U.S. ...
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a meeting with Chinese officials during the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing on July 10. (AP Photo)
BEIJING—China and the United States on July 10 promised closer cooperation on climate change and North Korea, although China warned the United States not to take sides on its ...
Chinese patrol ships arrest 6 Vietnamese fishermen
In this image made from video released by Vietnam Coast Guard, a Chinese coast guard vessel, right, fires water cannon at a Vietnamese vessel off the coast of Vietnam after China deployed an oil rig in disputed South China Sea waters on May 4. (AP file photo/ Vietnam Coast Guard)
HANOI, Vietnam--Chinese patrol ships arrested six Vietnamese fishermen in waters off China's Hainan Island, officials said on July 4, an incident likely to heighten tensions...
China says it will never seek regional hegemony
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, right, and Myanmar President Thein Sein pose for the photo before their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing June 28.  (AP Photo)
BEIJING--Chinese President Xi Jinping said June 28 his country will never seek hegemony no matter how strong it becomes, even as his neighbors worry about Beijing's actions in...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Panel calls for ODA to foreign militaries...
Crew members of the Japan Coast Guard training ship Kojima receive a welcome from their Vietnamese hosts in July 2013. (Provided by the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam)
Borrowing a term commonly used for the “Abenomics” package of economic measures, Foreign Ministry officials are now talking about the “three arrows” of the prime...
China's coercion in maritime disputes is damaging its...
Daniel Russel, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--China's coercive efforts to enforce its territorial claims in disputed waters are not just raising tensions but damaging its international standing, a senior U.S....
China sends four oil rigs to South China Sea amid regional tensions
China's oil drilling rig looms in the distance as a Chinese Coast Guard vessel patrols near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on May 28. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING/HONG KONG--China has sent four more oil rigs into the South China Sea in a sign that Beijing is stepping up its exploration for oil and gas in the tense region, less...
China scolds Vietnam for 'hyping up' South China Sea oil rig row
Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi, left, shakes hands with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh before their talks in Hanoi on June 18. (Pool)
HANOI/ BEIJING--China's top diplomat scolded Vietnamese officials during talks in Hanoi on June 18 for "hyping up" a row over a Chinese oil rig drilling in disputed waters in...