South China Sea

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...
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.