South China Sea

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...
Geostrategic needs push old allies Russia and China closer
There are recent signs that Russia and China are growing closer.
China builds island school as Manila proposes ban on construction...
Chinese people chat in front of an administration office building for the Xisha, Nansha, Zhongsha islands in July 2012 on Yongxing Island, the government seat of Sansha City off China's Hainan province. (AP file photo)
BEIJING--China rejected a suggestion by the Philippines on June 16 for a regionwide ban on construction in the South China Sea after Beijing began building a school on a rugged ...
China ships depart for naval drill with U.S., others
In this June 9 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese naval soldiers stand on China's missile destroyer Haikou at a naval port in Sanya, south China's Hainan Province. The Chinese naval squadron has left port to take part for the first time in the world's largest naval exercises hosted by the U.S. in waters near Hawaii, the Defense Ministry said June 10. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--Chinese ships steamed June 10 toward waters near Hawaii to participate for the first time in the world's largest naval exercises hosted by Washington--a rare...
China goes to U.N. in row with Vietnam over drilling rig in...
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)
UNITED NATIONS--China took its dispute with Vietnam over its deployment of an oil rig in contested waters to the United Nations on June 9, accusing Hanoi of infringing on its...
Philippine, Vietnamese troops drink beer, play volleyball on...
In this Feb. 25 file photo taken by surveillance planes and released on May 15 by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, a Chinese vessel, top center, is used to expand structures and land on the Johnson Reef, called Mabini by the Philippines and Chigua by China, at the Spratly Islands at South China Sea, Philippines. (AP Photo)
MANILA--Vietnamese and Philippine troops got together on a disputed island in the South China Sea on June 8 to play soccer and volleyball--as well as drink beer--in a display...
ANALYSIS: Abe refocused attention from Ukraine to China at G-7...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe greets Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, right, and José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, in Brussels on June 4. (Pool)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walked a diplomatic tightrope at the first Group of Seven summit meeting without Russia in 16 years, as he tried to divert world leaders' eyes from...
Pentagon: Chinese military spending exceeds $145 billion, drones...
China's Harbin (112) guided missile destroyer takes part in the week-long China-Russia "Joint Sea-2014" exercise at the East China Sea off Shanghai on May 24. (Color China Photo/AP Images)
WASHINGTON--Chinese military spending exceeded $145 billion last year as it advanced a program modernizing an arsenal of drones, warships, jets, missiles and cyber weapons, the ...
Hague tribunal asks China to defend sea claims
A China Coast Guard vessel attempts to block a Philippine government vessel as the latter tries to enter the China Second Thomas Disputed Shoals (local name Ayungin Shoal) to replace Philippine troops and resupply provisions off the South China Sea on March 29. (AP file photo)
MANILA, Philippines--A Hague-based tribunal has asked China to submit evidence defending its territorial claims in the South China Sea within six months despite Beijing's...
Chinese general slams Japan, U.S. on final day of Asia Security...
Wang Guangzhong, China's Deputy Chief, General Staff Department, People's Liberation Army of China, delivers his speech on "Major Power Perspectives on Peace and Security in the Asia-Pacific," on June 1 in Singapore during the Asia Security Summit, known as the Shangri-La Dialogue. (AP Photo)
SINGAPORE--Going off-script in his speech at an Asian security conference, a high-ranking Chinese military officer blasted Japan and the United States for ganging up on Beijing,...
Vietnam expects Japan coast guard ships next year
Vietnam Vice Defense Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh (The Asahi Shimbun)
SINGAPORE--Vietnam expects to take delivery of coast guard ships from Japan early next year, the country's vice defense minister said on June 1, as Hanoi looks to boost its...
Hagel: China territorial claims destabilize region
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, second from left, poses with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, second from right, right, before their meeting on May 30 in Singapore. Also joining them are Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, right, and Gen. Martin Dempsey, left, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Hagel is in Singapore to attend the 13th Asia Security Summit. (AP Photo/ Pool)
SINGAPORE--Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned an international security conference on May 31 that the U.S. "will not look the other way" when nations such as China try to...
In dig at China, Abe says Japan supports Southeast Asia on freedom ...
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his keynote speech on May 30 in Singapore. Abe is in Singapore to attend the 13th Asia Security Summit. (Shogo Koshida/ The Asahi Shimbun)
SINGAPORE--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, pushing for a greater role for Japan in regional security, said on May 30 that Tokyo would offer its "utmost support" to Southeast Asian...