South China Sea

Satellite images show possible second runway being built by China...
A satellite photo taken on June 5 of Subi Reef shows the creation of an artificial island as well as a patch of land on the left that could eventually become a runway. (Provided by CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative and DigitalGlobe Inc.)
KUALA LUMPUR--Land reclamation work by China in the disputed Spratly Islands strongly suggests that it is constructing a second runway for military use, according to U.S....
Southeast Asian nations back halt to China's land reclamation in...
Philippines foreign minister Albert del Rosario, front left, walks with Vietnam's foreign minister, Pham Binh Minh, front right, during the ASEAN foreign ministers meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 4. (AP Photo)
KUALA LUMPUR--Southeast Asian countries on Aug. 4 backed a U.S. call to halt land reclamation in the South China Sea, underlining unease in the region over Beijing's continued...
China wants no talk of South China Sea at upcoming ASEAN meeting
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
KUALA LUMPUR--Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said on Aug. 3 the disputed South China Sea should not be discussed at a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian...
Abe signals possible minesweeping in South China Sea, a shift from ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers a question July 29 from a member of the Upper House at a special committee where the government’s security bills are being debated. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Japan could conduct minesweeping operations in the South China Sea, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said July 29 in an about-turn which suggested a desire to expand collective...
SDF should not patrol the South China Sea
Japan and the United States are trying to redefine their alliance. Put simply, under the deal, Japan would shoulder some of the roles the U.S. military has carried out around...
Criticism of China a constant in annual defense white paper
Defense Minister Gen Nakatani responds to Diet questioning. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Although criticism of China loomed large in this year's Defense Ministry's white paper, which was released July 21, the report also mentions the importance of direct dialogue...
Philippines, Vietnam reviving Cold War bases to combat China’s...
A 2013 photo of Cam Ranh Bay, a particular strategic site for Vietnam’s maritime security (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
HANOI--The Philippines and Vietnam are refurbishing key military bases used during the Cold War and bolstering cooperation with Washington to counter Beijing’s maritime...
Taiwan promotes its island claim in South China Sea
This May 2015 file photo taken through a glass window of a military plane shows China's alleged ongoing reclamation of Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. (Pool Photo via AP)
TAIPEI--As China builds artificial islands in a vast resource-rich South China Sea and neighbors in Southeast Asia brace for possible conflict, Taiwan is cutting carbon...
SDF chief says South China Sea surveillance possible
A Maritime Self-Defense Force P-3C patrol aircraft takes off from Palawan Island in the western Philippines on June 23 for a joint exercise with the Philippines military over the South China Sea. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--Japan's top military commander, Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano, said on July 16 he expected China to become increasingly assertive in the South China Sea, and it was...
Vietnam's balancing act between the U.S., China
At a time when Vietnam is growing increasingly wary of China, I was invited to an April 30 ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the end of the...
Philippines asks tribunal to invalidate China's sea claims
Protesters display placards during a rally near the Chinese Consulate at the financial district of Makati city, east of Manila, Philippines July 7 on the complaint filed by the Philippines against China's claims of the disputed islands in the South China Sea. (AP Photo)
MANILA--The Philippines has asked an international tribunal to declare China's claims to virtually all the South China Sea invalid, saying Beijing's actions have trampled other ...
Vietnam: Human rights should not obstruct deeper U.S. ties
President Barack Obama, right, meets with Vietnamese Communist party secretary general Nguyen Phu Trong in the Oval Office of the White House on July 7 in Washington. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON--The head of Vietnam's ruling Communist Party said July 8 that differences with the United States on human rights should not be allowed to obstruct the deepening of...
Japan, Philippines converge on security cooperation to counter...
Philippines President Benigno Aquino made a four-day tour of Japan earlier last month, marking his sixth trip to the country over the past five years.
Chinese foreign minister says Japan must accept Beijing's...
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--Japan must accept the reality that China is now a major player on the world stage for bilateral relations to improve, said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
China moves controversial oil rig in South China Sea toward...
A Chinese 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, 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China has moved an oil rig at the center of last year's violent dispute with Vietnam closer to Vietnam's coast in the disputed South China Sea, just weeks ahead of the ...
U.S. sees progress on currency, cyberspace issues with China
Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with China’s State Councilor Yang Jiechi at the Strategic Track Ocean meeting during the U.S. China Strategic and Economic Dialogue June 24 at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON--The United States claimed progress June 24 with China on currency issues and toward negotiating a code of conduct for cyberspace after two days of high-level talks...
U.S. chides China on cybertheft, other tensions, but avoids...
Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Vice Premier Liu Yandong, right, at the 7th US China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) and 6th Consultation on People-to-People (CPE) at the U.S. State Department in Washington on June 23. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON--The United States voiced deep concern on June 23 over state-sponsored cybertheft and tension in the disputed seas of East Asia but did not let the sharp...
INTERVIEW/ Kurt Campbell: China should think carefully about...
Kurt Campbell during an interview in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
Despite difficult issues facing the United States in East Asia, the former top U.S. diplomat for Asian affairs remains confident that America can, and will, continue to lead in ...
China says about to finish some land reclamation in South China Sea
A document shows Chinese vessels engage in reclamation work at Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands. (Provided by the Philippine military)
BEIJING--China will soon complete some of its land reclamation on the Spratly islands in the disputed South China Sea, the Foreign Ministry said on June 16, indicating that...
Commander of U.S. Pacific Command: 'U.S. reserves right to...
Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, speaks at a news conference in Tokyo in June. (Provided by Embassy of The United States)
As long as China does not change its aggressive stance in the South China Sea, the United States reserves the right to withdraw its invitation to multilateral naval exercises...