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Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 28, 2020
U.S. Navy sails warship near disputed islands in South China Sea for first time in 2020
The U.S. Navy said Tuesday that it had sailed a warship near the contested Spratly Islands in the South China Sea — home to fortified islands built by China — on Saturday, in what was believed to be its first freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) of 2020.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Dec 17, 2019
China's first domestically built aircraft carrier enters service 'at doorstep of South China Sea'
China announced the delivery and commissioning Tuesday of its second aircraft carrier — the first built domestically — while also revealing its name, the Shandong, state-run media reported.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Nov 22, 2019
U.S. sends warships near South China Sea isles after Beijing demands it 'stop flexing muscles'
The U.S. Navy has sent warships on two occasions in recent days near islands claimed by Beijing in the disputed South China Sea, the military told The Japan Times on Friday.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Oct 20, 2019
U.S. Navy admiral hails China's professionalism in disputed South China Sea
Peering over the deck of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier sailing through a disputed part of the South China Sea, U.S. Navy Rear Adm. George Wikoff said he's been impressed with the professionalism of China's navy.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Sep 29, 2019
Japan-based U.S. aircraft carrier in South China Sea ahead of key Chinese anniversary
In a move likely to stoke anger in Beijing just days before it marks a key anniversary, the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier is conducting operations in the disputed South China Sea, near China's man-made islands, new images have shown.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Sep 14, 2019
U.S. warship challenges Chinese claims in disputed South China Sea
China sent military vessels and aircraft in an attempt to expel a U.S. warship asserting international freedom of navigation rights in the Paracel Islands of the disputed South China Sea on Friday.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 28, 2019
As maritime rows resurface, Duterte readies to raise South China Sea ruling with Xi
When Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte visits China this week, he'll need to salvage something from a "pivot" to Beijing that has left him empty-handed and exposed his neighbors to a new level of brinkmanship in the South China Sea.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 27, 2019
Pentagon blasts Beijing for 'bullying tactics' in South China Sea
In an unusually strong statement by the Pentagon, the U.S. has accused Beijing of employing "bullying tactics" in the disputed South China Sea, citing what it said was "coercive interference" in oil and gas activities in waters claimed by Vietnam.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 6, 2019
China announces fresh military exercises in South China Sea as U.S. carrier enters waterway
China has announced it will hold military exercises near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on Tuesday and Wednesday.
ASIA PACIFIC
Jul 6, 2019
China denies U.S. accusations of South China Sea missile tests
China's Defense Ministry on Friday denied U.S. accusations that the Chinese military had recently carried out missile tests in the disputed South China Sea, saying instead that they had held routine drills that involved the firing of live ammunition.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jul 3, 2019
Pentagon calls Chinese anti-ship missile test in South China Sea 'disturbing'
The Pentagon has blasted as "disturbing" a Chinese missile launch from its man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea, saying that the test was meant to intimidate other claimants to the strategic waterway.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
May 21, 2019
In joint resolution, LDP and Komeito rebuke lawmaker Hodaka Maruyama over 'war' comment
The ruling coalition said the comment made by lawmaker Hodaka Maruyama “runs counter to pacifism” and “significantly undermines Japan's national interest.”
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
May 20, 2019
U.S. sends warship near South China Sea flash point as Beijing and Washington spar over trade
The U.S. Navy has sailed a warship near the disputed Scarborough Shoal, a strategic flash point in the South China Sea claimed by China, in a move expected to stoke anger in Beijing as the world's two biggest economies remain embroiled in a trade war.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Apr 28, 2019
The Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte broached South China Sea ruling in meeting with China's Xi Jinping
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, in a meeting this week with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, brought up the thorny issue of a 2016 arbitration award favoring his country in a territorial dispute with China in the South China Sea, senior Philippine officials said Saturday.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Apr 20, 2019
China to show off new nuclear subs, destroyers for first time at fleet review marking navy's 70th anniversary
China will show off some of its new warships — including nuclear submarines and destroyers — for the first time during a massive maritime parade marking the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Navy on Tuesday.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Apr 9, 2019
U.S. sails massive, F-35-laden warship in disputed South China Sea
In the latest show of military muscle in the South China Sea, the U.S. has apparently sailed its USS Wasp amphibious assault ship near a strategic reef claimed by Beijing and Manila that lies just 230 km (140 miles) from the Philippine coast.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Apr 1, 2019
Philippines alarmed by roughly 200 Chinese ships spotted near disputed South China Sea isle this year
Some 200 Chinese ships have been spotted near the Philippine-occupied Thitu Island in the South China Sea since the start of the year, triggering alarm in the Philippine military.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Mar 14, 2019
U.S. sends bombers over disputed South China Sea for second time in 10 days
The U.S. has sent B-52 bombers near disputed islands in the South China Sea, the U.S. Pacific Air Forces said Thursday, the second such mission over the contested waterway in 10 days.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Mar 2, 2019
We have your back in South China Sea, U.S. assures Philippines
U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has assured the Philippines that a defense treaty would apply if its vessels or planes are attacked in the South China Sea, sparking a debate within the Southeast Asian nation over whether it should drop plans to review the 1951 agreement.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 11, 2019
U.S. destroyers sail in disputed South China Sea as trade tensions simmer
The U.S. sent two warships close by islands claimed by Beijing in the disputed South China Sea on Monday, the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet said, as American negotiators arrived in the Chinese capital for talks aimed at resolving a trade spat between the two powers.

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