Tag: South China Sea

IN FLIGHT, IN FLIGHT : This aerial photograph taken from a military aircraft shows alleged on-going reclamation by China on Mischief Reef in the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, on May 11, 2015. The Spratlys are considered a potential Asian flashpoint, and claimant …

U.S. Navy Plane Carrying CNN Crew Warned to Leave South China Sea

A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance plane, which was carrying a CNN news team on board Friday, flew past a series of artificial islands known as the Spratly Chain in the South China Sea. The plane reportedly received at least six separate warnings from the Chinese military to leave the area.

The huge port under construction in Colombo straddles the world's busiest east-west shipping route and also gives a strategic foothold to China in a region long dominated by India

China Insists Aid to Pacific Nations Is Not a Political Power Play

China’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Friday denying allegations that its financial assistance programs for Pacific nations are an effort to buy political influence and muscle out regional competitors, especially Taiwan. The Foreign Ministry insisted China’s $5.9 billion in pledged foreign aid comes with no strings attached.

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2017, file photo, a construction worker waits to cross an intersection near buildings under construction in the central business district of Beijing. The World Inequality Report 2018 released Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, is based on a massive collection of data compiled by an international …

China’s State-Run Firms Make Big Money in the South China Sea

China’s aggressive territorial claims in the South China Sea are generally viewed in the context of a security threat to the freedom of navigation and political warfare against Asian nations with competing territorial claims, but a report published this week by the ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute of Singapore reveals a massive cash grab as well. China’s state-controlled industries are planning to make a great deal of money from those disputed islands and reefs.

FILE - This combination of two photos shows U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, left, speaking during a "USA Thank You" tour event in Cincinatti Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, and Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, delivering a speech during National Day celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. An official Chinese newspaper …

China Opposes Contact ‘in Any Form’ Between U.S. and Taiwan

A Chinese government official said on Friday that the United States should not have “official contact in any form” or maintain military relations with Taiwan. This demand was issued two days after the U.S. Senate passed a bill calling for increased high-level military and civilian government contacts with Taiwan.

French navy frigate Vendemiaire prepares to dock while a Philippine flag flutters at the international port in Manila on March 12, 2018. FNS Vendemiaire, a Floreal class light surveillance frigate, commissioned in 1993, is here for a five-day goodwill visit. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

Southeast Asia Accepts Joint South China Sea Exercises with Beijing

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has accepted an invitation to conduct a “joint maritime exercises” with the communist government of China, likely in the South China Sea waters between China and their nations, Singapore confirmed on Friday.

American-Vietnamese citizen William Nguyen (C) was found guilty of a public disorder offence and told to leave Vietnam

Vietnam Jails Ten for Three Years for Anti-China Protests

The communist government of Vietnam convicted ten people on Monday of having participated in protests against China in the last month, sentencing them to up to three and a half years in prison for allegedly triggering violent mass outbursts around the country.

Red tarpaulin banners with the words, in English: "Welcome to the Philippines, Province of China" mysteriously appeared on footbridges across the capital, Manila, on Thursday.

‘Welcome to the Philippines, Province of China’ Banners Appear in Manila

Large red banners reading “Welcome to the Philippines, Province of China” mysteriously appeared on bridges throughout the nation’s capital Manila on Thursday, the second anniversary of an international legal ruling that declared China’s presence in Philippine territory in the South China Sea was illegal.

SUBI REEF, SOUTH CHINA SEA - SEPTEMBER 2016: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) A satellite image of Subi Reef, an artificial island being developed by China in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Image taken 4 September 2016. (Photo by USGS/NASA Landsat data/Orbital Horizon/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Vietnam Demands Facebook Remove Disputed Islands from Map of China

Vietnamese users of Facebook were outraged last week to discover a map on the social media platform that depicted the Paracel and Spratly islands in the South China Sea as Chinese territory, even though Vietnam also has territorial claims in both island chains.

Jim Mattis, Itsunori Onodera

Mattis in Tokyo: ‘Longstanding Alliance Between Japan and U.S. Stands Firm’

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis became the highest-ranking Trump administration official to visit Japan on Friday, offering reassurances that America’s commitment to regional security remains firm and promising that Japanese kidnapping victims will not be forgotten during negotiations with North Korea.

Chinese Navy Propaganda Video Reveals Anger over RIMPAC Snub

Chinese Navy Propaganda Video Reveals Anger over RIMPAC Snub

Communist China’s navy released a propaganda video showing off its naval capabilities in frustration over America’s decision not to invite Beijing to the annual U.S.-led Pacific joint military drill and “naval keg party,” known as the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPCA), Task & Purpose reported this week.

Jim Mattis

Chinese Media: Xi Jinping Talks, Mattis Listens

Although Chinese media strove to portray Communist Party leader Xi Jinping’s meeting with visiting U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis as polite and productive, the condescending tone of its coverage paints a picture of Xi delivering a lecture on China’s sacred territorial rights while Mattis listened quietly.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met with Chinese President Xi …

Xi Jinping to Mattis: China ‘Cannot Lose Even One Inch of Territory’

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday. “We cannot lose even one inch of the territory left behind by our ancestors. What is other people’s, we do not want at all,” Xi informed his American guest.

In this April 12, 2018 photo released by Xinhua News Agency, the Liaoning aircraft carrier is accompanied by navy frigates and submarines conducting an exercises in the South China Sea. China has announced live-fire military exercises in the Taiwan Strait amid heightened tensions over increased American support for Taiwan. The …

China Holds Anti-Mine Exercise with Live Weapons in East China Sea

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) conducted a competitive mine warfare exercise in the East China Sea last week. The exercise was intended to help the Chinese military both become more adept at clearing minefields and more skilled at creating them.

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump sign documents after their meetings at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Singapore. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

China Serves More Sour Grapes: North Korea Summit ‘Vague,’ ‘No Timetable’

China’s state media continued dismissing the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un on Thursday in a piece ostensibly meant to attack American media, but that described the summit’s results as “a vague four-point joint statement with no timetable or roadmap.”

American Detained in Vietnam for Joining Anti-China Protests

American Detained in Vietnam for Joining Anti-China Protests

An American student of Vietnamese descent was arrested in Binh Thuan, located east of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on Sunday for participating in a peaceful protest against China, which turned violent after police started clashing with demonstrators.

Reclamation by China on Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in 2015

China Returns Missiles to South China Sea Island

Satellite images taken on Friday revealed that China has returned surface-to-air missiles to Woody Island in the Paracels, restoring them to exactly the same positions they occupied before tensions with the United States prompted Beijing to withdraw the weapons.

GAVEN REEF, SOUTH CHINA SEA - NOVEMBER 17, 2016: DigitalGlobe overview imagery of one of the Gaven Reefs. The Gaven Reefs are located in the Tizard Bank of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Photo DigitalGlobe via Getty Images.

Report: Pentagon May Expand Operations in South China Sea

Multiple “Western and Asian” officials told Reuters in a report published Sunday that the United States is seeking to expand its Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPs) in the South China Sea to respond to growing belligerence from China.