• China under pressure at Asia summit over sea row

    China under pressure at Asia summit over sea row

    Beijing came under pressure at an Asian summit Wednesday over its "illegal" island-building in the South China Sea, after the Philippines produced photos it said showed fresh construction activity at a flashpoint shoal.

  • South China Sea The French Are Coming

    South China Sea The French Are Coming

    China’s aggressive territorial push in the South China Sea has resulted in turning this busy international trade route into one of the most volatile spots in the world.

  • New Chinese Vessels Seen Near Disputed Reef in South China Sea

    New Chinese Vessels Seen Near Disputed Reef in South China Sea

    An unusually large number of Chinese vessels have been positioned close to a disputed reef in the South China Sea near the coast of the Philippines for the last week, despite warnings by the United States that China should stay away.

  • Never mind territorial spats -- ASEAN's priorities are economic

    Never mind territorial spats -- ASEAN's priorities are economic

    Is the Association of Southeast Asian Nations still relevant? Its inability to reach a consensus over claims, counterclaims and great power rivalries in the South China Sea has exposed cracks in the group's unity, prompting academic commentators and journalists to question its future.

  • Vietnam and Singapore Working together to keep ASEAN relevant

    Vietnam and Singapore Working together to keep ASEAN relevant

    Earlier this week the President of the Republic of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang chose Singapore to make one of his first international appearances in a three day visit that underlined the importance of the ties of that bind these two countries. Singapore and Vietnam are probably the only members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) who have consistently taken a strategic view of regional security. Now they are determined to advocate for ASEAN's survival.

  • Russia to Send Anti-Submarine Warfare Destroyers to South China Sea

    Russia to Send Anti-Submarine Warfare Destroyers to South China Sea

    This week, Russia’s Pacific Fleet will dispatch a number of surface warships to the South China Sea to participate in the annual Sino-Russian naval exercise, dubbed Joint Sea 2016, held from September 11 to 19, TASS news agency reports.

  • Asean solidarity essential to a peaceful, prosperous Asia Pacific Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang

    Asean solidarity essential to a peaceful, prosperous Asia Pacific Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang

    It is in the interest of the entire region for all Asean member states to work towards a strong and coherent Asean, said Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang.

  • Philippines urges China to "uncompromisingly" respect rule of law

    Philippines urges China to "uncompromisingly" respect rule of law

    Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay called on China on Thursday to respect maritime law and security as well as the rule of law, to resolve disputes in both the South China Sea and the East China Sea.

  •  Chinese Threaten Japan, Australia Over South China Sea

    Chinese Threaten Japan, Australia Over South China Sea

    WASHINGTON: What are China’s intentions in the South China Sea? It’s a question intelligence analysts, diplomats and the senior leadership of the United States and its Pacific allies are all asking in the wake of a range of increasingly belligerent and threatening comments and actions by the rising global power.

  • Electronic warfare in the South China Sea

    Electronic warfare in the South China Sea

    ‘An information technology-based war at sea is sudden, cruel and short…’ was how the Chinese military characterised a peer-to-peer naval conflict at sea in a public statement at the beginning of the month during PLAN naval exercises.

  • Massive Island-Building and International Law

    Massive Island-Building and International Law

    China’s massive island building is both a provocative alteration of the security situation in the South China Sea and blow for the marine environment, but it cannot be justified either as “entirely within China’s sovereignty” or as consistent with maritime law.

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