South China Sea

Ambassador: U.S. to continue South China Sea flights, sail-bys
U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg answers questions from the media during a forum Wednesday on Feb. 3, 2016, at Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Goldberg talked about the issue in the South China Sea involving the Philippines and China as well as the global fight against terrorism. (AP Photo)
MANILA--The U.S. ambassador said Wednesday joint patrols with the Philippines are possible in the South China Sea, where the United States has asserted its freedom to navigate...
U.S. warship sails near island claimed by China in South China Sea
A Chinese coast guard vessel navigates near a Chinese oil rig in waters off the Paracel Islands in 2014. (The Asahi Shimbun)
WASHINGTON--A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of an island claimed by China and two other nations in the South China Sea on Jan 30, in an...
Taiwan leader presses claim to South China Sea in isle trip
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
TAIPEI--Taiwan's president, defying a rare criticism from key ally the United States, visited an island in the disputed South China Sea on Jan. 28 to emphasize Taiwan's...
U.S., China spar over North Korea, South China Sea
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens to an opening statement by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a news conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing on Jan. 27. (AP Photo/ Pool)
BEIJING--The United States and China sparred Jan. 27 on how to deal with North Korea's latest nuclear weapons test and ease rising tensions over territorial disputes in the...
Philippine court OKs pact allowing U.S. troops in local camps
Philippine Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te briefs the media on the highest court's decision declaring the constitutionality of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement or EDCA, in Manila on Jan. 12. (AP Photo)
MANILA--The Philippine Supreme Court on Jan. 12 declared as constitutional a defense pact that allows American forces, warships and planes to temporarily base in local military ...
North Korea worries U.S. Navy commander most in volatile Asia
In this Oct. 1, 2015 photo, U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, commander of the 7th Fleet, delivers a speech in front of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan upon his arrival at the U.S. Navy base in Yokosuka. (AP Photo)
YOKOSUKA, Kanagawa Prefecture--U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin talked to reporters Jan. 8 about two of the biggest challenges the U.S. military faces in Asia: North Korea and ...
Philippines follows Vietnam in opposing China's runway test
A photograph showing an island that China is building on the Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea is displayed by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, an Arizona Republican, during the committee's hearing on maritime security strategy in the Asia-Pacific region, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 17, 2015. (AP Photo)
MANILA--The Philippine government said on Jan. 4 that like Vietnam, it opposes China's recent test of a newly completed runway on one of seven islands Beijing has constructed...
Vietnam protests after China lands plane on disputed Spratlys
A document shows Chinese vessels engaging in reclamation work at Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands in February 2015. (Provided by the Philippine military)
HANOI--Vietnam formally accused China of violating its sovereignty and a recent confidence-building pact on Jan. 2 by landing a plane on an airstrip Beijing has built in a...
China creates 3 new army units to modernize military
In this Dec. 31, 2015 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, front left, gives a military flag to Wei Fenghe, front center, commander of the Rocket Force of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), and Wang Jiasheng, front right, political commissar of the Rocket Force, in Beijing. (Xinhua via AP)
BEIJING--China has created three new military bodies as part of reforms to modernize its military--the world's largest standing force--and improve its fighting capacity.
U.S. says bombers didn't intend to fly over China-held island
BEIJING--The United States said its two B-52 bombers had no intention of flying over a Chinese-controlled man-made island in the South China Sea, after Beijing accused...
Australia says no plan to stop surveillance flights over South...
Subi Reef of the Spratly Islands in South China Sea in June (Provided by Center for Strategic and International Studies and DigitalGlobe)
SYDNEY--Australia will not bow to Chinese pressure to halt surveillance flights over disputed islands in the South China Sea at the center of rival claims between China and...
Taiwan quietly holds ceremony marking port opening on disputed...
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
TAIPEI--Taiwan's Interior Ministry announced on Dec. 12 the completion of port facilities on Taiping island, part of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
U.S. agrees spy plane deployment in Singapore amid China tensions
WASHINGTON--The United States has agreed with Singapore on a first deployment of the U.S. P8 Poseidon spy plane in Singapore this month, in a fresh response to China over its...
Philippines gets 1st fighter jets in a decade amid sea feud
One of two newly-acquired FA-50PH fighter jets is given a water cannon salute while taxiing on the runway upon landing Nov. 28 at Clark Air Base in Pampanga province, north of Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo)
CLARK AIR BASE, Philippines--The Philippines on Nov. 28 took delivery of two Korean-made fighter jets--the country's first supersonic combat aircraft in a decade--as it...
INTERVIEW/ John McCain: Not satisfied with U.S. freedom of...
U.S. Sen. John McCain during an interview in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
U.S. Sen. John McCain, chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, criticized the Obama administration over its freedom of navigation operation in the South China ...
Japan to move ahead with terrorist intelligence-gathering unit
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
KUALA LUMPUR--Japan is pushing up its schedule to establish an anti-terrorism intelligence-gathering unit in response to the recent terrorist outrage in Paris.
Abe raises South China Sea issue with Modi at ASEAN conference
From left: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Myanmar President Thein Sein and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend the Gala Dinner at the 27th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur on Nov. 21. (AP Photo)
KUALA LUMPUR--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, shared concerns over China’s construction of artificial islands that have fueled...
Abe, Obama agree to bolster cooperation against China’s maritime ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama before their meeting in Manila on Nov. 19 (Shinichi Iizuka)
MANILA--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed to strengthen security cooperation in the South China Sea, but the Japanese leader stopped short of...
In signal to China, Obama to give 2 ships to Philippines
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to reporters after touring the BRP Gregorio del Pilar in Manila on Nov. 17. (AP Photo)
MANILA--With a towering warship behind him, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 17 that the United States will hand over two ships to the Philippine Navy to boost its...
U.S. bombers flew near China-built island in South China Sea
A B-52 bomber lands on the U.S. Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--Two U.S. B-52 strategic bombers flew near artificial Chinese-built islands in the South China Sea this week and were contacted by Chinese ground controllers, but...