South China Sea

China defense paper stresses expanding naval strategy, cites U.S., ...
The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (Taken from U.S. Navy's official website)
BEIJING--China will widen the focus of its naval strategy to cover defense of “far oceans” in response to recent shifts in U.S. and Japanese security policies, Beijing’s...
U.S. to continue patrols in South China Sea; China says U.S....
Daniel Russel, U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, speaks to reporters in Seoul in March. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING/WASHINGTON--China said on May 22 it was "strongly dissatisfied" after a U.S. spy plane flew over part of the South China Sea this week near where China is building...
CNN: China navy warns U.S. spy plane in disputed 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)
The Chinese navy warned a U.S. surveillance plane flying over artificial islands that Beijing is creating in the disputed South China Sea to leave the area eight times,...
Vietnam says China putting up large buildings on Spratly reefs
Construction work by China on Hughes Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. The photograph was taken May 13. (Provided by Tuoi Tre)
HANOI--China is erecting multistory structures on two reefs in the disputed Spratly Islands to bolster its claim in the South China Sea, Vietnamese newspapers reported May 19.
EDITORIAL: The dangers of applying security legislation in South...
A large-scale facility is being set up by China on Gaven Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. (Provided by Philippine government sources)
Tensions are escalating in the South China Sea. China’s large-scale land reclamation project is progressing rapidly on the disputed Spratly Islands, and a 3,000-meter-class...
Despite tension, Xi says U.S.-China relations are stable
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 17. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--China's relations with the United States remain stable, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on May 17, as he sought to defuse tension over a territorial dispute in the...
Naval chase around Spratlys heightens tensions between China, U.S
The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (Taken from U.S. Navy's official website)
WASHINGTON--Chinese vessels repeatedly chased a U.S. naval combat ship on patrol near the disputed Spratly Islands, raising concerns over a possible contingency in the South...
U.S., China remain at odds over South China Sea activity
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a joint news conference following meetings with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing on May 16. (AP Photo/ Pool)
BEIJING--The United States and China held firm on May 16 to deep disagreements over increasingly assertive Chinese activity in disputed areas of the South China Sea, as Beijing ...
U.S. says Beijing will have runway on disputed reefs within three...
Construction work on a runway and a harbor on Fiery Cross Reef on April 17 (From the website of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations)
WASHINGTON--China is on course to complete a runway on disputed reefs in the South China Sea in a few years as part of efforts to bolster its control over local waters,...
Pentagon weighs sending planes, ships near disputed South China...
A Chinese government vessel chases a Vietnamese ship in the South China Sea in 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--Pentagon is considering sending U.S. military aircraft and ships to assert freedom of navigation around rapidly growing Chinese-made artificial islands in the...
Japan steps up maritime engagement with Philippines, Vietnam
A "wounded suspect" is airlifted by a helicopter during a combined maritime exercise by Philippine and Japanese Coast Guards off Manila Bay in Philippines on May 6. (AP Photo)
MANILA/TOKYO--The Philippines and Japan held their first joint naval exercises in the South China Sea on May 12, while Japan's coastguard works with Vietnam this week, as Tokyo ...
U.S. official: China island building now totals 2,000 acres
In this April 20, 2015  file photo, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang, left, points to reveal recent images of China's reclamation activities being done at the disputed islands in the South China Sea during a news conference at Camp Aguinaldo at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON--China's rapidly expanding campaign to construct artificial islands, potentially for military use or airstrips, now totals about 2,000 acres (800 hectares) and could ...
China ‘extremely concerned’ by ASEAN statement on disputed sea
Reclamation efforts and construction work by the Chinese are under way on the Cuarteron Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in October 2014. (Provided by Filipino military sources)
BEIJING--China's Foreign Ministry said on April 28 that it was "extremely concerned" after leaders of Southeast Asian countries expressed concern about land reclamation and...
China maritime tensions dominate Southeast Asia summit
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks at the ASEAN summit in Kuala Lumpur on April 27. (The Asahi Shimbun)
KUALA LUMPUR--Southeast Asian leaders edged closer to open criticism of China's land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea at a regional summit on April 27, as the...
Philippines, China trade accusations over threats in disputed...
A Chinese government vessel chases a Vietnamese ship in the South China Sea in 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
MANILA—The Philippines accused China of aggressive maneuvers against its reconnaissance plane and fishermen in disputed seas where Beijing has stepped up construction of...
EDITORIAL: Japan, U.S., China need to broaden perspective to deal...
Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei talks about the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in Beijing on March 6. (Satoru Sekiguchi)
Many people in the world wonder what kind of future China is trying to carve out for itself by barreling down a path of economic growth.
Report says China building airstrip on reclaimed island
This combination photo of satellite images taken on Feb. 6, 2015, top, and March 23, 2015, bottom, by Airbus Defence and Space, and distributed by IHS Jane's Defence Weekly, shows what IHS Jane's describes as an airstrip on Fiery Cross Reef in a disputed section of the South China Sea. (CNES, Airbus Defence and Space/IHS Jane's Defence Weekly via AP)
BEIJING--China is building an airstrip on an artificially created island in a disputed section of the South China Sea, according to independent analysts, a move the U.S. has...
Countering Obama criticism, China says it is a ‘robust force’...
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying (From Chinese Foreign Ministry website)
BEIJING--China said April 10 it only seeks peace in the South China Sea, rejecting comments by President Barack Obama that Beijing is using its muscle to intimidate neighbors...
Obama says concerned China bullying others in South China Sea
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a town hall meeting at the University of the West Indies April 9 in Kingston, Jamaica. (AP Photo)
KINGSTON/BEIJING--U.S. President Barack Obama said Washington is concerned China is using its "sheer size and muscle" to push around smaller nations in the South China Sea,...
China, Vietnam must manage sea dispute well to keep peace--Xi
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)
BEIJING--Chinese President Xi Jinping told the visiting head of Vietnam's ruling Communist Party on April 7 that the two countries must manage their dispute over the South...