South China Sea

Xi relying on old boy network to strengthen Chinese military
In this Aug. 26, 2013 file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects a guard of honor outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--Chinese President Xi Jinping has promoted long-time associates to key defense posts as part of a move to push through structural reform and build a military with...
Japan, Thailand bolster economic and security ties
Thailand Interim Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha touched down in Tokyo in early February for a summit meeting with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe.
China expands construction work on reefs in dispute with the...
A large facility is undergoing construction by the Chinese on the Cuarteron Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. (Provided by Filipino government sources)
Angered by China's reclamation work on reefs in disputed waters in the South China Sea, Manila has taken steps to shore up its claim of sovereignty over the Spratly Islands.
China plans to boost military budget by 10.1 percent in 2015
Chinese military officers arrive at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing March 4. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--China announced March 5 that its official military budget will grow by 10.1 percent in the coming year, amid unease among Beijing's neighbors about its growing might...
New oil pipeline highlights China’s effort to strengthen energy...
A Chinese tanker makes a port call at the new deep water port at Maday Island, Myanmar, on Jan. 28. A large storage oil tank newly constructed by China is in the background. (Makoto Igarashi)
KYAUKPYU, Myanmar--China has constructed a pipeline to pump crude oil from the Bay of Bengal to southern China through Myanmar as part of an effort to ease its reliance on the...
China to project power from artificial islands in South China Sea
An aerial photo taken over the Gaven Reefs in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Oct. 4, 2014 (Provided by a source)
HONG KONG--China's creation of artificial islands in the South China Sea is happening so fast that Beijing will be able to extend the range of its navy, air force, coastguard...
Japan says South China Sea security impacts national interests
Defense Minister Gen Nakatani (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Security in the South China Sea, claimed almost wholly by China, impacts Japan's interests and could warrant a rethink of military patrol aircraft deployments, the defense...
China expands construction work in disputed Spratly waters
An aerial photo taken over the Gaven Reefs in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Oct. 4 (Provided by a source)
Beijing appears to have made steady advances in the construction of port and other facilities in disputed waters in the South China Sea, according to photographs obtained by...
Vietnam's sea dispute arbitration case vs China promotes...
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)
MANILA--Vietnam has helped ensure peace in the South China Sea dispute with Beijing by following the Philippines in seeking U.N. arbitration, Manila said, despite the fact that ...
China denounces Philippine 'pressure' over South China Sea dispute ...
Philippine marines keep an eye on Chinese naval activity in the South China Sea in August. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China denounced the Philippines on Dec. 7 for putting it under pressure with an international arbitration case over disputed waters, and refused again to participate a ...
Philippines fines Chinese fishermen $102,000 each for poaching
This photo released by the Philippine National Police Maritime Group shows live sea turtles which were seized by Philippine National Police Maritime Group from a foreign vessel flying a Chinese flag cruising in the waters off the South China Sea May 6, 2014. (AP Photo)
PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines--A Philippine court on Nov. 24 fined nine Chinese fishermen $102,000 each after they were caught with hundreds of sea turtles in a disputed shoal...
China offers ASEAN friendship, loans as South China Sea tension...
U.S. President Barack Obama, center, shakes hands with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, third from right, during a group photo session at the 9th East Asia Summit on Nov. 13 in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Second from left is Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang. (AP Photo)
NAYPYITAW--China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang proposed a friendship treaty with Southeast Asian countries and offered $20 billion in loans on Nov. 13 but held firm on the line...
China, Vietnam call for lasting solution to sea dispute
Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi, left, greets Vietnam's Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh, who is also foreign minister, before a meeting on bilateral cooperation in Hanoi on Oct. 27. (AP Photo)
HANOI/ BEIJING--China and Vietnam agreed on Oct. 27 to use an existing border dispute mechanism to find a solution to a territorial dispute in the South China Sea, saying they...
Concerns fester in Vietnam over China policy, industrial pollution
Many times I have heard intellectuals critical of Vietnam's system of Communist Party rule say, "This country's political system will change in a few years."
SDF observes island defense exercise in Philippines, aimed at...
A Self-Defense Forces officer, left, observes U.S. and Philippine troops during an amphibious landing exercise on Arrecife island in the western Philippines on Oct. 2. (Manabu Sasaki)
Japan had observer status for the first time in a combat training exercise involving the Philippine military that simulated seizing an island under attack by enemy forces.
US eases ban on lethal arms sales to Vietnam
Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh as they speak to media at the State Department in Washington Oct. 2 before having a working lunch. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON--The United States announced Oct. 2 it was partially lifting its ban on sales of weaponry to Vietnam to help its maritime security in a sign of deepening ties...
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...