Japan, U.S. join Philippines in South China Sea navy drills

Jun 22, 2015

Japan, U.S. join Philippines in South China Sea navy drills

The U.S. and Japan are conducting separate military drills with the Philippines near disputed islands in the South China Sea, signaling support for the country as China builds out reclaimed reefs in the waters. The annual CARAT Philippines joint exercise started Monday off Palawan ...

Jun 20, 2015

China shows idyllic side to life on disputed reef

A Chinese website has published photographs from one of the reefs under China’s control in the disputed South China Sea showing female sailors posing on ocean break walls, vegetable gardens being watered and even pigs in a pen. The slide show of 17 photographs ...

Jun 18, 2015

China OKs plan for civilian ships to be used by military

The Chinese government has approved a plan requiring civilian shipbuilders to ensure that new ships can be used by the military during an emergency, a state-run newspaper said Thursday. The plan will “enable China to convert the considerable potential of its civilian fleet into ...

China says South China Sea land reclamation to finish 'soon'

Jun 16, 2015

China says South China Sea land reclamation to finish 'soon'

China will complete land reclamation projects on its disputed South China Sea territorial claims as planned within days, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, in an apparent bid to reassure its neighbors over moves seen as sharpening tensions in the strategically vital region. However, in ...

Jun 15, 2015

Vietnam fishing crew say they were attacked by Chinese vessels

A Vietnamese fishing crew said they were attacked by a Chinese vessel using water cannon in disputed waters near the Paracel Islands, Vietnam’s state media reported Monday. The wooden Vietnamese fishing boat from central Quang Ngai province was near the Paracels — known as ...

Jun 13, 2015

Beijing ponders drones for Senkaku surveillance duty

The Chinese military is weighing the regular use of unmanned aircraft to monitor the East China Sea, a move that may exacerbate tensions with Japan over the Senkaku Islands, a Chinese document on Beijing’s use of drones showed Friday. The document, compiled in October, ...