South China Sea

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...
Japan aiming to send patrol aircraft to Philippines for exercise
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Philippine President Benigno Aquino meet in Tokyo on June 4. (Pool)
Japan aims to send a P3-C Orion patrol aircraft to the Philippines for a search-and-rescue exercise this month in a further sign of deepening security ties as Japan looks to...
Japan, Philippines to step up security ties to deter Chinese...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III after they signed a joint statement June 4 in Tokyo (Pool)
Tokyo and Manila have intensified their united front against China’s expanding military presence in the East and South China Seas by agreeing to deepen security ties.
Japan, Philippines huddle amid increasing China concerns
Philippines President Benigno Aquino III delivers a speech in the Upper House of the Diet in Tokyo on June 3. (Shinichi Iizuka/ The Asahi Shimbun)
The Philippine president is on his sixth visit to Japan in less than five years, signaling his country's deepening ties with Tokyo amid increasing concerns by both sides about...
EDITORIAL: China must immediately stop land reclamation in South...
Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on May 30 (AP Photo)
A senior Chinese military officer has offered some insight into what China is trying to achieve in land reclamation work on reefs in the contested Spratly Islands in the South...
Vietnam, U.S. discuss land reclamation in South China Sea
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, right, with his Vietnamese counterpart Gen. Phung Quang Thanh before their talks behind closed doors in Hanoi on June 1 (AP Photo)
HANOI--U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter discussed his call for an end to island-building in the South China Sea in talks on June 1 with his Vietnamese counterpart, who said...
China says South China Sea air defense zone depends on security
Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of staff of the People's Liberation Army, left, shakes hands with U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on May 30. (The Asahi Shimbun)
SINGAPORE--China will take a decision on establishing an air defense identification zone around disputed waters in the South China Sea based on its assessment of the security...
Standoff over China's island-building shows few signs of abating
Guan Youfei, chief of foreign affairs at China's defense ministry, speaks to reporters after a speech by U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on May 30. (The Asahi Shimbun)
SINGAPORE--China vigorously defended its South China Sea land reclamation projects in the face of persistent criticism from U.S. leaders at an international security summit on...
Pentagon chief criticizes Beijing's South China Sea moves
U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter delivers his speech about "The United States and Challenges to Asia-Pacific Security" during the 14th International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-la Dialogue (IISS) Asia Security Summit on May 30 in Singapore. (AP Photo)
SINGAPORE--China's land reclamation in the South China Sea is out of step with international rules, and turning underwater land into airfields won't expand its sovereignty,...
McCain: U.S. should allow sale of defensive weapons to Vietnam
U.S. Sen. John McCain, right, poses for a photo with South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 14th International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-la Dialogue, or IISS, Asia Security Summit May 30 in Singapore. (AP Photo)
SINGAPORE--America needs to provide Vietnam with more defensive weapons, U.S. Sen. John McCain said May 30 as tensions in the Asia Pacific region heightened over China's...
EDITORIAL: Global pressure needed to curb China's aggressive...
Yang Yujun, spokesman for China’s Ministry of National Defense, holds a copy of China's white paper on military strategy during a news conference in Beijing on May 26. (The Asahi Shimbun)
China’s military will continue its aggressive maritime expansion. That’s the message, in a nutshell, of China’s latest defense white paper, released on May 26.
European Council president raises concerns about Chinese advances...
Donald Tusk, left, president of the European Council, responds to an interview question while Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, looks on. (Michiko Yoshida)
BRUSSELS--The chief executive of the European Union directed rare criticism at China's recent efforts to strengthen its presence in the South China Sea.
China defends South China Sea island development
China is building a large facility on the Cuarteron Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. (Provided by Filipino government sources)
BEIJING--Responding to sharply-worded comments from the U.S. defense secretary, China on May 28 defended its building of artificial islands in the South China Sea and accused...
Pentagon chief urges end to island-building in South China Sea
U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, left, speaks at a meeting in Tokyo on April 8. (Pool)
U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on May 27 called for an immediate end to island-building by China and other countries near the South China Sea, urging the participants to...