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 ...

U.S., China ships in unplanned encounter

May 20, 2015

U.S., China ships in unplanned encounter

A U.S. combat ship used agreed codes for unplanned encounters when it met a Chinese vessel during a recent patrol of the contested South China Sea, according to the vice chief of naval operations. The USS Fort Worth met a Chinese military vessel near ...

China defends fishing ban, brushes off Vietnam's protest

May 18, 2015

China defends fishing ban, brushes off Vietnam's protest

China on Monday rejected Vietnam’s protest over Beijing’s seasonal fishing ban in the South China Sea, underscoring their dispute over ownership of islands and marine resources in the area. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the summer moratorium was an annual event and that ...

May 18, 2015

Vietnam opposes fishing ban declared by China

Vietnam said it resolutely opposes a temporary Chinese ban on fishing in a some parts of the Gulf of Tonkin, a maritime area shared by the two countries, in the latest of a series of disputes in and around the South China Sea. China’s ...