Jun 1, 2015

U.S., Vietnam discuss halting South China Sea reclamations

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter discussed halting land reclamation in the South China Sea with his Vietnamese counterpart in Hanoi on Monday in talks focused on maritime security. The meeting came after the United States on Saturday called for an immediate end to all ...

China not seeking conflict in South China Sea, admiral says

May 31, 2015

China not seeking conflict in South China Sea, admiral says

China will not subjugate its national interests, Adm. Sun Jianguo told a regional defense forum in Singapore, even as he painted a picture of a country willing to cooperate on matters including the disputed South China Sea. “China strives to play a constructive role ...

May 28, 2015

Militaries play nice in the South China Sea

by Sharon Chen

Southeast Asian militaries are talking and sharing more as they seek to prevent accidents in the South China Sea, despite inertia from governments over territorial disputes with China. Even as China’s navy asserts its country’s claims in the contested sea, warning off other ships ...

China breaks ground on lighthouse project in South China Sea

May 26, 2015

China breaks ground on lighthouse project in South China Sea

China hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the building of two lighthouses in the disputed South China Sea, state media said Tuesday, a move that is likely to escalate tensions in a region already jittery about Beijing’s maritime ambitions. China’s Ministry of Transport hosted the ...

May 26, 2015

China's army compares South China Sea moves to road-building

China’s military on Tuesday compared its controversial island-building in the South China Sea to ordinary construction such as road-building going on elsewhere in the country, trying to deflect criticism over an issue seen as inflaming tensions in the region. Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun’s ...

May 26, 2015

Taiwan proposes plan to ease South China Sea tensions

Taiwan proposed a peace initiative Tuesday to resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea that its says will reduce tensions that have put Beijing at odds with its neighbors and the United States. The South China Sea Peace Initiative announced by President Ma ...