South China Sea

INSIGHT: Philippine, Vietnamese navies to unite against China over ...
Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, right, welcomes Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh for their 7th Meeting of the Philippines-Vietnam Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation on Aug. 1, 2013, in Manila. (AP Photo)
MANILA/HONG KONG--The Philippine navy will soon return to a South China Sea island it lost to Vietnam 40 years ago to drink beer and play volleyball with Vietnamese sailors,...
U.S. defense chief gets earful as China visit exposes tensions
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan shake hands at the end of a joint news conference at the Chinese Defense Ministry headquarters in Beijing, China on April 8. The defense chiefs of China and the U.S. faced off Tuesday over Beijing's escalating territorial disputes in the region, as Hagel, wagging his finger, said China doesn't have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands with no consultation. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--Tensions between China and the United States were on full display on April 8 as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel faced questions in Beijing about America's position in...
U.S. defense chief, in first, to visit China's aircraft carrier
The Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expects to visit China's sole aircraft carrier when he arrives in the country on April 7, a U.S. official said, in an unprecedented opening...
ANALYSIS: Japan’s three scenarios for exercising right to...
The Maritime Self-Defense Force’s P3C plane patrols around a cargo vessel to protect it from piracy in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia on March 22. (Hideyuki Miura)
Pressing the need for Japan to have the right to exercise collective self-defense, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government has cited emergencies in crucial sea lanes and a...
Xi tells U.S. to be 'fair' on China's maritime disputes
U.S. President Barack Obama during a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the U.S. Ambassador's Residence in Amsterdam on March 24 (AP photo)
BEIJING--Chinese President Xi Jinping told U.S. President Barack Obama on March 24 that the United States should adopt a "fair" attitude on the East and South China Seas, where ...
INSIGHT: Search for missing jetliner tests US, China power in...
Chinese rescue ships conduct a search operation for a missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 on March 13. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--Finding the missing Malaysian jetliner would be a coup for any of the more than two dozen countries out there looking. But for China and the United States, it's a lot...
Philippines offers U.S. forces access to military bases
U.S. Marines retrieve Philippine Marine "casualties" during a raid simulation of hostile forces in the joint U.S.-Philippines military exercise at the Philippine Marine Base at Ternate, Cavite province, south of Manila, Philippines. (AP file photo)
MANILA--The Philippines has agreed to allow the United States access to its military bases under a new security deal being negotiated by the two allies, amid mounting concern...
Philippines protests China stopping troop resupply
Protesters picket the Chinese Consulate at the financial district of Makati city east of Manila on March 3 to protest the recent use of water cannons by the Chinese coast guard to drive away Filipino fishermen off the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. (AP photo)
MANILA--The Philippines protested on March 11 actions by the Chinese coast guard that prevented delivery of supplies to a small group of Filipino soldiers guarding a shoal in a ...
Beijing hesitant on setting ADIZ in South China Sea
The Asahi Shimbun
China appears to be taking a cautious stance toward establishing an air defense identification zone in the South China Sea, partly due to strong resistance by the United States ...
China pushes back on N.Korea, S.China Sea as Kerry visits
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Feb. 14. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--China's Foreign Ministry pushed back against U.S. pressure on North Korea and the disputed South China Sea on Feb. 14, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in ...
U.S. admiral assures Philippines of help in disputed sea
U.S. Navy Admiral Jonathan Greenert inspects the Malaysian honor guard in Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 11. (AP Photo)
MANILA--The United States will come to the aid of the Philippines in the event of conflict with China over disputed waters in the South China Sea, the commander of the U.S....
China decries U.S. comments on South China Sea as 'not...
The Asahi Shimbun
BEIJING--China has accused the United States of undermining peace and development in the Asia-Pacific after a senior U.S. official said concern was mounting over China's claims ...
Senior U.S. diplomat: Growing concern with China's behavior at sea
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--The United States has growing concerns that China's maritime claims in the disputed South China Sea are an effort to gain creeping control of oceans in the...
China's navy holds Indian Ocean drills
BEIJING--A three-ship Chinese navy squadron has concluded exercises in the Indian Ocean and sailed on to the western Pacific, showing off the growing reach of the country's...
Beijing preparing new air defense zone in South China Sea
The Asahi Shimbun
BEIJING--China is laying out plans to define another new air defense identification zone, but this time in the South China Sea, sources said, which could further escalate...
China to start regular patrols from island in South China Sea
A ceremony to mark the establishment of Sansha City is held on Yongxing Island, south China's Hainan province, on July 24, 2012. (AP file photo)
BEIJING--China will base a 5,000-tonne civilian patrol ship on one of the main islands it controls in the disputed South China Sea and begin regular patrols, an official...
Anti-China protesters gather in Vietnam to mark 40th anniversary...
Vietnamese protesters hold banners regarding the battle of the Paracel Islands during a march at the King Ly Thai To garden to mark the 40th anniversary of the deadly naval battle between China and South Vietnam, in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Jan. 19. Around 100 anti-China protesters gathered in Vietnam's capital to mark the anniversary. (AP Photo).
HANOI, Vietnam--Around 100 anti-China protesters shouted slogans and carried banners in Vietnam's capital on Jan. 19 to mark the 40th anniversary of a deadly naval battle...
China sent 50 maritime patrol missions to Senkakus in 2013
A Japan Coast Guard ship, back, monitors the activities of a Chinese government vessel in the contiguous zone near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea in August 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China sent 50 patrol missions into Japan’s territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea in 2013, the state-run Xinhua News Agency quoted...
China fires back at U.S. for criticism on fishing curbs
Vietnamese protest against China's territorial claims in the South China Sea in central Hanoi in June. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China defended its new fishing restrictions in disputed waters in the South China Sea against criticism from the United States on Jan. 11, saying the rules were in...
Beijing shows resolve in South China Sea claims with new rules on...
Pagasa Island is one of the eight islets controlled by the Philippines among the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--In a broadening campaign to enforce its territorial claims, China says it's beefing up its police powers in the disputed South China Sea and requiring foreign...