U.S. Pacific Commander Harris expected to step down next year

Jun 18, 2017

U.S. Pacific Commander Harris expected to step down next year

Adm. Harry Harris, the U.S. Pacific military chief known for his combative views on Beijing’s South China Sea expansion, is expected to step down next year, U.S. officials said on Friday, leaving President Donald Trump to fill a key post closely watched by China. ...

Jun 7, 2017

China builds 24 fighter-size hangars on South China Sea outposts: U.S.

China was constructing 24 fighter-sized hangars, fixed-weapons positions and other military-related infrastructure on each of three major Chinese-occupied features in the disputed South China Sea as of late last year, the U.S. Defense Department said Tuesday. “China’s Spratly Islands outpost expansion effort is currently ...

Beijing rejects 'irresponsible' U.S. remarks on South China Sea

Jun 5, 2017

Beijing rejects 'irresponsible' U.S. remarks on South China Sea

China has expressed “firm opposition” to remarks made by U.S. Pentagon chief James Mattis during a regional defense summit over the weekend, after he criticized Beijing’s “militarization” of the South China Sea. Washington has repeatedly expressed concerns that China’s development of artificial islands in ...

Unsure of U.S., Asia builds new alliances to counter China

| Jun 5, 2017

Unsure of U.S., Asia builds new alliances to counter China

Several Asian nations are seeking to bolster informal alliances among themselves, regional diplomats and officials said, unsettled by growing fears that the United States could not be relied on to maintain a buffer against China’s assertiveness. Countries including Australia, Japan, India and Vietnam are ...