South China Sea NewsWire

 
 

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South China Sea NewsWire

The aggregator service for balanced and insightful news

Diplomacy

Blinken to discuss N. Korea, Taiwan, Middle East during China visit next week: official

20 April, 2024

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to China next week to discuss an array of issues, including North Korea’s “threatening” rhetoric and “reckless” actions, a senior US official has said.

Diplomacy

India delivers first batch of BrahMos supersonic missiles to Philippines

19 April, 2024

India on Friday delivered the first batch of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles to the Philippines, in reflection of the growing military ties between the two countries amid China’s military muscle-flexing in the South China Sea.

Diplomacy

China rebukes US deployment of missiles in Indo-Pacific

19 April, 2024

Beijing officials are decrying the deployment of U.S. medium-range missiles in the Asia-Pacific region for the first time since the Cold War.

Diplomacy

Philippines, New Zealand eye forces deal, share concern over South China Sea

18 April, 2024

Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon agreed on Thursday to deepen defence cooperation and expressed serious concern over the South China Sea, where the Philippines and China have had maritime run-ins.

Diplomacy

US, China officials discuss Middle East, Taiwan, South China Sea

15 April, 2024

The top U.S. diplomat for East Asia discussed Middle East developments, the South China Sea and Taiwan issues with Chinese counterparts in Beijing, the State Department said on Monday, the latest effort by the two countries to stabilize rocky ties.

Diplomacy

US top diplomat for East Asia to visit China amid tensions in South China Sea

14 April, 2024

US Assistant State Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel J. Kritenbrink is set to begin his visit to China today (Sunday) to meet Chinese officials as part of ongoing efforts to maintain open lines of communication between the two countries.

Diplomacy

Beijing accuses US and Japan of ‘smears’ over Taiwan and South China Sea after Biden-Kishida summit

11 April, 2024

Beijing has accused the United States and Japan of a “smear campaign” after the leaders of the two allies pledged to improve military and economic ties to counter China’s growing influence in the Asia-Pacific.

Diplomacy

Biden pledges to defend Philippines from any attack in South China Sea

11 April, 2024

Joe Biden has pledged to defend the Philippines from any attack in the South China Sea, as he hosted the first joint summit with Manila and Tokyo amid growing tensions with Beijing.

Diplomacy

Expect more joint South China Sea patrols, US says ahead of summits with allies

10 April, 2024

More joint patrols can be expected in the South China Sea after drills by the United States, Australia, the Philippines and Japan last weekend, U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Tuesday, ahead of U.S. summits this week with the Japanese and Philippine leaders.

Diplomacy

Aquilino ‘very concerned’ about Chinese aggression in South China Sea

9 April, 2024

The head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said on Tuesday that he was “very, very concerned” about China’s aggression toward Philippine forces near disputed islands in the South China Sea.

Diplomacy

Philippines will continue dialogue with China to ease South China Sea tensions, says president

8 April, 2024

Philippines’ President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday called on China to talk to prevent more incidents like ramming vessels and the use of water cannons in the South China Sea.

Diplomacy

China conducts military exercises in contested South China Sea

7 April, 2024

China’s military conducted “combat patrols” in the disputed South China Sea on Sunday, as announced by its army. This coincided with joint drills held by the Philippines, the United States, Japan, and Australia on the same day.

Diplomacy

Philippines beefs up northernmost defences amid China tensions

7 April, 2024

The military detachment on the Philippines’s northernmost island faces northwest, towards the setting sun – and the country’s biggest potential adversary.

Diplomacy

With wary eye, China courts Indonesia’s incoming leader Prabowo

3 April, 2024

Soon after Indonesia’s incoming leader Prabowo Subianto won the February presidential election, the Chinese embassy in Jakarta sent him a cat tree and a stuffed toy for his beloved pet Bobby, according to the cat’s official Instagram page.

Diplomacy

Philippines preparing for ‘worst case scenario’ in South China Sea

2 April, 2024

The Philippines said its navy was preparing for the “worst-case scenario” in the South China Sea to counter China amid growing military tensions in the disputed waters.

Diplomacy

Biden, China’s Xi speak by phone in latest bid to address bilateral tensions

2 April, 2024

President Biden held telephone talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday, which included what the White House described as “candid and constructive” discussions on Chinese coercion of Taiwan and growing tensions between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea.

Diplomacy

Philippines to boost diplomacy and defence capability as South China Sea ‘countermeasures’

1 April, 2024

Countermeasures by the Philippines to China’s conduct in the South China Sea will entail strengthening its defence capabilities with allies and exhausting all diplomatic measures to resolve disputes, a security official said on Monday.

Diplomacy

US, Japan, Philippines plan joint South China Sea naval patrols

1 April, 2024

The U.S., Japan and the Philippines will launch joint naval patrols in the South China Sea later this year, according to a U.S. official and a foreign diplomat familiar with the planning. It’s a major move to counter China in the region — and one likely to elicit a strong response from Beijing.

Diplomacy

China urges Asian neighbours to take peace and security ‘into their own hands’

29 March, 2024

The head of China’s top legislative body has urged Asian governments and business leaders to take the fate of the region’s peace and security “into their own hands”.

Diplomacy

Philippine president warns of countermeasures in response to Chinese aggression at sea

28 March, 2024

The Philippine president said Thursday that his government would take action against what he called dangerous attacks by the Chinese coast guard and suspected militia ships in the disputed South China Sea, saying “Filipinos do not yield.”

Diplomacy

Philippines summons Chinese envoy over latest ‘aggressive actions’ in South China Sea

25 March, 2024

The Philippines said Monday it summoned the Chinese envoy to express “strong protest” over “aggressive actions” by the Chinese Coast Guard against its rotation and resupply mission in South China Sea on Saturday.

Diplomacy

China coast guard says it took measures against Philippine vessels in South China Sea

23 March, 2024

China’s coast guard said it had taken control measures against Philippine vessels in disputed waters of the South China Sea on Saturday, while the Philippine coast guard decried the moves as “irresponsible and provocative”.

Diplomacy

Citing safety risk, Taiwan recommends president does not visit South China Sea

21 March, 2024

Taiwan’s top security official said on Thursday he does not currently recommend President Tsai Ing-wen visit the South China Sea given the possible risk to her flight from “interference by relevant countries”.

Diplomacy

Philippines Says Chinese Navy Ship Seen Circling Amid Sea Spat

20 March, 2024

At least 30 Chinese vessels, including a People’s Liberation Army Navy ship, were spotted around areas in the South China Sea that the Philippines claims as part of its territory, according to its military.

Diplomacy

Blinken in Manila as South China Sea tensions rise

19 March, 2024

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has arrived in the Philippines, a key ally of Washington, amid heightened regional tensions with China. Mr Blinken will discuss trade and will reiterate America’s “ironclad” security commitments to the country, a senior State Department official said.

Diplomacy

US, Japan, and Philippines Launch Tripartite Forum to Counter China

19 March, 2024

The United States is launching a trilateral summit body with Japan and the Philippines. Following the South Korea-US-Japan consultative body, a dominant analysis shows that pressure on China is expanding in Asia.

Diplomacy

New Zealand raises South China Sea, Taiwan tensions with China during foreign minister’s visit

18 March, 2024

New Zealand shared with China its concerns about rising tensions in the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait during a meeting on Monday between the foreign ministers of both countries.

Diplomacy

US top diplomat Blinken arrives in South Korea to attend democracy summit

17 March, 2024

As Washington attempts to strengthen relations with two significant regional allies, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken landed in South Korea on Sunday, the first leg in a quick Asia visit that also included the Philippines.

Security

PLA Navy landing ships hold combat exercises in South China Sea

17 March, 2024

A group of landing ships of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) recently held live-fire exercises in the South China Sea, with analysts saying on Sunday that the flexible vessels capable of carrying tanks in amphibious landing missions are important in the safeguarding of China’s territorial sovereignty and maritime rights.

Security

Philippines’ Marcos to meet Blinken next week as South China Sea tensions rise

14 March, 2024

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. will meet U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on March 19 to tackle cooperation and security matters, the office of the Manila leader said in a statement late on Wednesday night.

Security

Marcos: No country backs China ‘10-dash line’ claim

13 March, 2024

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Tuesday continued to question the premise of China’s proposals to resolve its maritime dispute with the Philippines, particularly the so-called 10-dash line that it cites as basis for claiming practically the entire South China Sea.

Security

China says Philippines ignored South China Sea proposal as tensions rise

13 March, 2024

China says the Philippines ignored proposals it put forward to “manage” their dispute in the South China Sea. An unnamed senior Chinese official told news outlet the Manila Times that the deal was “met with inaction by the Marcos administration”.

Security

Philippines’ says China’s maritime-related proposals run contrary to its interests

12 March, 2024

The Philippine foreign ministry said on Tuesday it had received several maritime-related proposals from China, but added they could not be considered because they were against the Southeast Asian country’s national interests.

Security

Germany’s Scholz calls for diplomacy, de-escalation in South China Sea

12 March, 2024

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Tuesday called on China and regional countries to resolve tensions in the disputed South China Sea peacefully.

Security

Japan Scrambles Fighter Jets Against China’s Sea Spy Plane

11 March, 2024

Tokyo scrambled fighter planes over the weekend against a Chinese military aircraft that patrolled Western Pacific waters on consecutive days, according to Japan’s Defense Ministry

Security

Can UN’s high seas treaty save South China Sea’s ecosystem, or will it lead to more bilateral tension?

11 March, 2024

The high seas are in a state of ‘lawless wilderness’ due to a lack of mutually agreed rules to curb overexploitation and pollution.

Security

Philippines strikes security deals as tensions rise with China at sea

11 March, 2024

The Philippines has been striking new defense agreements with other countries at a rapid clip, seeking to build what officials here call a “network of alliances” that could deter Chinese aggression in disputed waters.

Security

China’s CNOOC makes 100 million ton oilfield discovery in South China Sea

7 March, 2024

Chinese state-owned oil and gas giant CNOOC Ltd has discovered a new reserve in the South China Sea containing over 100 million tons of oil equivalent proved in-place, the company said in a statement on Friday.

Security

Can UN’s high seas treaty save South China Sea’s ecosystem, or will it lead to more bilateral tension?

11 March, 2024

The high seas are in a state of ‘lawless wilderness’ due to a lack of mutually agreed rules to curb overexploitation and pollution.

Security

Australia concerned about destabilizing behavior in the South China Sea

6 March, 2024

Australia is very concerned about unsafe and destabilizing behavior in the South China Sea, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Wednesday, a day after clashes between Chinese and Philippine vessels in disputed waters.

Security

China raises defense budget by 7.2% as it pushes for global heft and regional tensions continue

5 March, 2024

China on Tuesday announced a 7.2% increase in its defense budget, which is already the world’s second-highest behind the United States at 1.6 trillion yuan ($222 billion), roughly mirroring last year’s rise.

Security

Philippines summons China diplomat over ‘aggressive’ actions in South China Sea

5 March, 2024

The Philippines summoned China’s deputy chief of mission in Manila on Tuesday to protest what it called “aggressive actions” by Chinese naval forces against a resupply mission for Filipino troops stationed on a South China Sea shoal.

Security

Singapore’s prime minister says a South China Sea code of conduct will take time

5 March, 2024

Southeast Asian countries’ quest to reach agreement with China on a code of conduct in the contested South China Sea will take time, with difficult issues yet to be resolved despite recent efforts to accelerate the process, Singapore’s prime minister said Tuesday at a regional summit.

Security

Australia offers more funding for South China Sea pact

4 March, 2024

Australia said on Monday the Pacific and Southeast Asian countries are facing serious defence threats as it set aside more funds for a maritime security pact with ASEAN countries during a summit with the Southeast Asian bloc.

Security

Philippines urges neighbors to stand together more strongly against China in the South China Sea

4 March, 2024

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said Monday that he had no choice but to defend his country’s territory in the South China Sea against what he called Chinese aggression and illegal actions in pursuit of Beijing’s own territorial claims.

Security

China’s embassy condemns Philippine envoy’s remarks on South China Sea

3 March, 2024

China’s embassy in the Philippines on Sunday said it “strongly” condemns the Philippine ambassador to Washington’s recent China-related remarks, saying they “disregarded basic facts”.

Security

US think tank says 195 Chinese militia vessels linger daily in South China Sea

3 March, 2024

200 Chinese militia ships were present near disputed areas of the South China Sea on any given day last year, or a 35% increase, a United States think tank said.

Security

US Ally Says It Won’t Yield ‘One Square Inch’ of Territory to China

1 March, 2024

Philippine President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. vowed to protect his country’s territorial claims on Thursday, against the backdrop of Chinese expansion in the South China Sea.

Security

PHL, Japan and India trilateral alliance pushed as China rises

1 March, 2024

A TRILATERAL partnership among Asia’s most vibrant democracies and maritime states—India, the Philippines and Japan—is needed to counter China’s growing expansionism and the uncertainty that be brought by the return of ex-US President Donald Trump to the White House, academicians and foreign policy analysts said.

Security

Around 50 Chinese ships, fishing boats monitored in West PH Sea

27 February, 2024

Around 50 Chinese ships and fishing vessels were monitored in the West Philippine Sea, a Philippine Navy official said on Tuesday. Commodore Roy Vincent Trinidad, Philippine Navy spokesperson for the West Philippine Sea, said these were monitored as of Monday.

Security

Chinese floating barrier at South China Sea flashpoint was ‘necessary’, Beijing says

27 February, 2024

China on Monday said it was “necessary” to set up a floating barrier at the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, where it has had frequent flare-ups with Philippine forces.

Security

PH accuses China of attempting to block another vessel

25 February, 2024

The Philippines on Sunday accused the Chinese coast guard of attempting to block a Filipino government vessel delivering supplies to fishermen, the second such alleged incident near a disputed reef in two weeks.

Security

China’s coastguard claims it drove off Philippine ship from disputed Scarborough Shoal

22 February, 2024

The Chinese coastguard said it drove off a Philippine vessel that had “illegally intruded” into waters near the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea – a claim disputed by the Philippines.

Security

Manila could file case against Beijing over possible cyanide use by Chinese boats

22 February, 2024

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jnr has pledged to take legal action against Beijing once it is proven that Chinese boats had used cyanide to “intentionally destroy” the fish-rich Scarborough Shoal in the disputed South China Sea.

Security

PLA sends forces to monitor US-Philippines air patrols over disputed waters

21 February, 2024

The People’s Liberation Army said it sent forces to the South China Sea to monitor the latest US-Philippines joint air patrol on Monday as the two allies launched their second drill in the disputed waters this month.

Security

US Flies Nuclear-Capable Bomber Amid Tensions With China

20 February, 2024

The United States deployed a nuclear-capable strategic bomber on Monday to join the allied Philippine Air Force on a South China Sea patrol against the backdrop of Manila’s territorial tit-for-tat with Beijing.

Security

South China Sea: PLA sends forces to monitor US-Philippines air patrols over disputed waters

20 February, 2024

Beijing accuses Manila of ‘roping in non-regional countries’ to stir trouble in the region as allies hold second drill this month. Tensions over the waterway are heated as the Philippines mulls permanent facility on contested reef and accuses Chinese fishermen of harming ecosystem.

Security

China coast guard boarded Taiwanese boat near frontline islands, Taiwan says

19 February, 2024

Chinese coast guard personnel briefly boarded a Taiwanese tourist boat near Taiwan-controlled islands next to China’s coast on Monday, the government in Taipei said, in an escalation of tensions after China said it would carry out regular patrols.

Security

China Accused of Poisoning Waters With Cyanide Fishing

19 February, 2024

The Philippines is accusing Chinese fishermen of poisoning the ecosystem of the bountiful but contested, fishing areas in the South China Sea. “These Chinese fishermen use cyanide,” Nazario Briguera, a spokesperson for the Southeast Asian country’s fisheries bureau, said on Saturday, according to local media.

Security

Philippines Preparing for Possible Economic Fallout With China Amid Sea Row

16 February, 2024

The Philippines is seeking new avenues for trade in a bid to build economic resilience amid the possibility that escalating maritime tensions with its top trading partner China may lead to sanctions, according to the government’s top diplomat.

Security

Philippines committed to South China Sea code of conduct

15 February, 2024

The Philippines is firmly committed to negotiations for a code of conduct between China and Southeast Asian countries to avert confrontations in the South China Sea, its foreign minister said on Thursday.

Security

US to deploy 5 aircraft carriers in western Pacific in show of strength to China

14 February, 2024

The unprecedented increase in naval power to the region is intended as a signal to Washington’s allies and rivals, especially Beijing, analysts said. Washington wants to reassure its partners that it remains committed to Indo-Pacific, despite conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East.

Security

Philippines to maintain ‘assertive transparency’ over South China Sea row against Beijing’s ‘bullying behaviour’

14 February, 2024

Manila’s ‘assertive transparency strategy’ has swayed regional views against China’s ‘blatant disregard for international law’, an official says. His comment comes after bilateral talks aimed at reducing tensions and improving communications over the maritime row were held in Shanghai.

Security

Japan to help improve maritime capabilities of 4 ASEAN states amid South China Sea row

13 February, 2024

Japan is drawing up a 10-year plan to provide sustained and evolving assistance to Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. The initiative is likely to attract some criticism from Chinese analysts and the media, an observer says.

Security

Indonesia’s presidential election emerges as key battleground in US-China rivalry

13 February, 2024

When Indonesians cast their votes on Wednesday for a new president in one of the world’s biggest elections, the stakes will also be high for the United States and China and their mounting rivalry in the region.

Security

Ships from US, Australia and Japan conduct joint drills in South China Sea in defiance of Beijing

08 February, 2024

Warships from the United States, Australia, and Japan have held joint drills in the South China Sea in defiance of Beijing, which claims sovereignty over virtually the entire strategic waterway.

Security

Filipino bishops urge Manila to ‘defend what is ours’ amid Beijing’s ‘aggression’

06 February, 2024

In a rare move, six Filipino bishops are urging the government to partner with allies to ‘defend what is ours’ in the South China Sea amid Beijing’s ‘aggression’. While they stood with the Philippines’ fishing folk, the Catholic leaders stressed that armed conflict over the hotly-contested sea was not a ‘moral option’.

Security

Footage of China’s Fujian aircraft carrier offers another look at advanced catapult

05 February, 2024

State broadcaster CCTV shows the ship’s electromagnetic catapult launch system from the side of the vessel. The ship is China’s third and most advanced aircraft carrier.

Security

China launches 20 satellites on separate inland and sea rocket launches

04 February, 2024

A pair of Chinese rockets launched 11 mobility services satellites for an automaker and nine further, diverse satellites into orbit late Friday.

Security

China says Philippine vessel “illegally” landed on disputed atoll

04 February, 2024

China said on Saturday a small civilian vessel from the Philippines had “illegally placed itself on the beach” of an atoll in the South China Sea that both countries claim.

Security

Philippines plans to buy submarines to defend sovereignty in South China Sea

01 February, 2024

Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr has approved the third phase of the military’s modernisation, which includes the purchase of the country’s first submarine, in order to defend its maritime sovereignty in the disputed South China Sea.

Security

Philippines Plans $35 Billion Defense Upgrade in Sea Claims Push

01 February, 2024

The Philippines plans to spend up to 2 trillion pesos ($35 billion) over the next decade to upgrade its military capabilities as the country boosts its campaign to safeguard its claims in the South China Sea.

Security

As Philippines plans to upgrade South China Sea outposts, Beijing weighs options

29 January, 2024

China appears to be taking ‘wait and see’ approach after Manila says it will improve facilities for troops deployed on disputed reefs and islands. Observers say Beijing could blockade Philippine ships – if the project goes ahead – but US involvement would complicate Chinese response.

Security

Russia warship conducts anti-submarine drill in South China Sea

29 January, 2024

Russia’s Pacific Fleet frigate Marshal Shaposhnikov has conducted an anti-submarine exercise in the South China Sea, Russian news agency reported on Monday, citing the fleet’s press service.

Security

Ukraine invites China’s Xi to ‘peace summit’ – Zelenskiy’s top adviser

26 January, 2024

Ukraine has invited Chinese President Xi Jinping to participate in a planned “peace summit” of world leaders in Switzerland, a top diplomatic adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said, as Russia’s invasion approaches its second anniversary.

Security

China accuses US of ‘abusing’ international law by sailing in Taiwan Strait and South China Sea

25 January, 2024

China accused the U.S. of abusing international law with its military maneuvers in the western Pacific, one day after an American naval destroyer sailed through the politically sensitive Taiwan Strait.

Security

Philippine Says Armed Forces to Ensure ‘Unimpeded and Peaceful’ Exploration in South China Sea

24 January, 2024

The Philippines armed forces will guarantee the “unimpeded and peaceful” exploration and exploitation of natural resources within the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) as it shifts its focus to external defence, Manila’s defense secretary said.

Security

China Rebuts Vietnam’s Claims to Disputed South China Sea Islands

24 January, 2024

The Chinese foreign ministry on Wednesday said China’s claims to the Paracel and Spratly Islands in the South China Sea were backed by “history” after Vietnam over the weekend repeated it had sufficient evidence to claim sovereignty over the islands.

Security

Pictures Show US Ally Airdropping Supplies To Avoid China Blockade

22 January, 2024

The Philippines on Sunday airdropped supplies to the disputed South China Sea territory at the center of its bitter geopolitical feud with China

Security

Dialogue held on South Asia security in Pakistan

21 January, 2024

Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Chairman of the Senate Defense Committee and Pakistan-China Institute, discussed the significance of China’s Global Security Initiative (GSI) as a framework for resolving security issues.

Security

China builds Silk Road mega port in South America

21 January, 2024

To accelerate trade with South America, China has built a deep-water mega port in Chancat, Peru, worth US$3.5 billion, scheduled to start operations late in 2024

Security

China, Philippines agree to lower tensions on South China Sea confrontations

19 January, 2024

China and the Philippines said they have agreed to work on lowering tensions after a year of public and tense confrontations in the South China Sea between their ships that have raised concerns of armed engagement in the region.

Security

US senators introduce bill to counter China’s dominance in critical minerals

19 January, 2024

Legislation requires US federal agencies to submit report to Congress on world’s critical minerals and rare earths to address ‘information gaps’

Security

US, Philippines, China Begin Simultaneous South China Sea Patrols

18 January, 2024

The Philippines and the United States yesterday began a two-day joint maritime and air patrol in the South China Sea, after a year marked by a string of dangerous incidents in contested waters.

Security

Philippines defence minister calls out China official for ‘gutter-level talk’, to ramp up military ties

17 January, 2024

The Philippines is planning to hold ‘more robust’ military activities with the US and its allies, the country’s Defence Secretary told Bloomberg News

Security

Philippines to develop islands in South China Sea – military chief

15 January, 2024

The Philippines will develop islands in the South China Sea that it considers part of its territory to make them more habitable for troops, Manila’s military chief Romeo Brawner told reporters on Monday.

Security

China slams Germany for meddling in South China Sea row

13 January, 2024

Insisting anew on its claim of owning almost the entire South China Sea (SCS), China has lashed back at other non-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries allegedly meddling in the maritime disputes of the region.

Security

Indonesia’s Jokowi visits Vietnam to talk South China Sea security, trade

12 January, 2024

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, also known as Jokowi, on Friday will meet Vietnamese top leaders during a state visit to Hanoi aimed at promoting cooperation between the two Southeast Asian partners on security in the South China Sea and trade.

Security

In Manila, German foreign minister warns of ‘rough winds blowing’ in South China Sea

10 January, 2024

MANILA, Philippines – German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on Thursday, January 11, warned of “rough winds blowing across the South China Sea,” following a bilateral meeting with Philippine Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo in Manila.

Security

US and China ambassadors identify areas of cooperation as well as danger zones

10 January, 2024

Xie Feng says if Washington continues to insist Beijing is a competitor, then improving the bilateral relationship ‘would be out of the question’

Security

China expresses serious concern over U.S.-Japan-ROK joint statement

8 January, 2024

China on Monday expressed serious concern over a joint statement issued by the U.S., Japan, and the Republic of Korea (ROK) about the Taiwan question and South China Sea.

Security

China’s largest shipper reportedly suspends trips to Israel as Red Sea tensions mount

8 January, 2024

Chinese state-owned shipping giant Cosco suspended shipping to Israel through the Red Sea as tensions in the strategic shipping lane continue to rise, Israeli state media reported.

Security

China’s military starts fresh exercise day after US-Philippine patrol ends

6 January, 2024

China began a new military exercise in the South China Sea on Friday following the end of a two-day joint patrol by the United States and Philippines in the disputed waters.

Security

China-U.S. cooperation ‘no longer an option … but an imperative’ – Wang Yi

6 January, 2024

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday the most urgent task for Sino-U.S. relations is to establish a correct understanding and cooperation between the two sides, stressing it is “no longer an option … but an imperative” for the world.

Security

China conducts patrols in South China Sea amid ongoing run-ins

4 January, 2024

China’s military will conduct routine patrols with its naval and air forces in the South China Sea from Wednesday to Thursday, the military’s Southern Theater Command said, as ongoing tensions simmer in the region over disputed territories.

Security

China surveillance missions spotted in the sky over Taiwan

4 January, 2024

A single spy flight was detected crossing over the island on Monday, followed by three more on Tuesday — just days before a pivotal presidential election that will have ramifications on China-Taiwan relations.

Security

Two key military appointments from China’s naval ranks reflects Xi’s territorial ambitions, analysts say

3 January, 2024

When Xi Jinping named Adm. Dong Jun as China’s defense minister last week, it marked the first time a naval officer has been elevated to that position, and analysts say it gives a clear indication of the Chinese leader’s priorities – Taiwan tops among them.

Security

Scientists urge strategic infrastructure in disputed sea

1 January, 2024

Any infrastructure program for Philippine-occupied features in the South China Sea should be designed to make the country’s features habitable and conducive for scientific research, a group of scientists and engineers said.

Security

ASEAN Foreign Ministers Express Concern Over South China Sea Tensions

30 December, 2023

Foreign ministers of Southeast Asia’s regional bloc ASEAN on Saturday expressed their concern over growing tensions in the South China Sea which they said could threaten regional peace and urged for peaceful dialogue among parties.

Security

Carrier USS Carl Vinson Back in the South China Sea After Singapore Port Visit

28 December, 2023

Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and its escorts are back underway in the South China Sea following a short port visit to Singapore. The Vinson Carrier Strike Group is one of the few extra-regional naval forces currently operating in South East Asia over the Christmas period with other navies having all wrapped up their deployments.

Security

China warns rocket remnants to hit South China Sea

28 December, 2023

China warned that remnants of a rocket would hit an area in the South China Sea on Tuesday, following the sixth deployment of its most powerful launch vehicle eleven days ago.

Security

South China Sea: Marcos shrugs off Beijing’s warning, says Philippines will assert maritime rights

21 December, 2023

President Marcos Jnr said Manila ‘remains a force and voice of reason’ despite ‘many attempts at provocation’. His remarks came after China warned the Philippines against colluding with ‘malicious external forces’.

Security

US-China military dialogue resumes for first time in over a year as top American officer talks with counterpart

21 December, 2023

The video call between US General CQ Brown and China’s General Liu Zhenli is first senior military communication between countries since August 2022. Focus will be on restoring US-China relations to the condition they were in before ‘spy balloon saga’ and Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan visit, says expert.

Security

What we don’t understand about China’s actions and ambitions in the South China Sea

20 December, 2023

China’s actions in the South China Sea, including collisions with Filipino vessels and sonar pulses near an Australian ship, have raised concerns among the US and its allies, who view this as evidence of China challenging the maritime order.

Security

China to conduct sea trials for first ultra-deepwater drilling ship

18 December, 2023

China will on Friday (Dec 22) conduct sea trials for its first ocean research drilling vessel, capable of drilling at depths of more than 10,000m (32,800 feet), a key step towards beefing up the country’s deep-sea oil and gas exploration capabilities.

Security

US Indo-Pacific commander ‘concerned’ about China-Russia military ties

18 December, 2023

He urged China to stop escalating maritime confrontations with its neighbors, and said its increasing military activity with Russia is a serious concern during Moscow’s war in Ukraine.

Security

Improved Communications Between China and U.S. Leave Ambassador to Beijing ‘Hopeful’

18 December, 2023

The U.S. ambassador to China is hopeful relations between Washington and Beijing will continue to improve in military-to-military communications and cabinet-level exchanges on key issues such as trade and cracking down on fentanyl precursor exports, but “we need to see how things develop.”

Security

Philippines ‘expects more coercive actions’ from China and is ‘brainstorming’ as stand-offs intensify

14 December, 2023

Alberto Carlos, chief of Philippines’ Western Command, said Manila was conducting war games drills and academic discussions on what actions China might take. Ties between the two countries have deteriorated this year after several collisions and repeated stand-offs near disputed features of the South China Sea.

Security

Xi Jinping tells Vietnam it is a ‘diplomatic priority’ as he seeks to strengthen China’s ties with Hanoi

12 December, 2023

Xi also used his first visit since 2017 to urge the two countries to seek a ‘mutually beneficial’ solution to their long-running dispute in the South China Sea.

Security

Marcos vows to defend the Philippines’ sovereignty amid China’s ‘aggression and provocations’

12 December, 2023

The Philippines Maritime Task Force accused Sunday the China Coast Guard of “severely damaging” one of its vessels that was “directly targeted” by water cannon, and of ramming another.

Security

Manila embarks on ‘name and shame’ strategy to counter Beijing

7 December, 2023

The Philippines has been leading a campaign of “assertive transparency” in dealing with China in the South China Sea, deemed successful by analysts and officials.

Security

Beijing accuses US of threatening peace and stability after warship passes disputed South China Sea reef

4 December, 2023

Chinese military says the USS Gabrielle Giffords entered waters near Second Thomas Shoal, violating ‘China’s sovereignty and security.’ The US ‘severely undermined regional peace and stability’, China’s Southern Theatre Command says.

Security

Philippines opens a surveillance base in the South China Sea to watch Chinese vessels

3 December, 2023

The Philippine coast guard has opened a new monitoring base on a remote island occupied by Filipino forces in the disputed South China Sea as Manila ramps up efforts to counter China’s increasingly aggressive actions in the strategic waterway.

Security

Philippines, France agree to ramp up defense ties

3 December, 2023

The boost to bilateral defense cooperation includes seeking authority from leaders of both countries to negotiate a status of visiting forces agreement.

Diplomacy

South China Sea: Philippines says over 135 Chinese boats ‘swarming’ reef off its coast

3 December, 2023

Manila said it counted 111 ‘Chinese maritime militia vessels’ on November 13. On Saturday the number had increased to over 135, the coastguard said.

Security

China Set for Showdown With US Ally’s ‘Christmas Convoy’

1 December, 2023

Volunteers in the Philippines plan to defy Chinese claims in the South China Sea with a mission to bring Christmas cheer to Coast Guard members and fishermen on December 5, taking them through a disputed part of the waterway where Chinese forces routinely confront supply missions.

Security

US bills targeting China AI and Hong Kong offices clear key House panel amid call for ‘bold new ideas’

30 November, 2023

Additional legislation would bolster American cooperation with India, Japan and Australia as part of Washington’s Indo-Pacific strategy.

Security

Beijing rebukes Washington after warning off US warship in South China Sea

26 November, 2023

PLA command calls US the ‘biggest disrupter of peace’ in the region, accusing destroyer of ‘illegally’ entering waters near contested islands.

Security

China warns Australia to act prudently in naval operations in the South China Sea

28 November, 2023

A visiting Chinese official on Tuesday warned Australia to act with “great prudence” in deploying warships in the South China Sea after a recent confrontation between the two navies.

Security

Australia and Philippines begin joint patrols in South China Sea as regional tensions rise

25 November, 2023

As Pacific countries closely monitor China’s growing assertiveness, Australia and the Philippines have started conducting joint air and sea patrols in the South China Sea. The purpose of the three-day drills is to reaffirm the countries’ stated commitment to greater cooperation and a rules-based order in the region, which follows discussions on joint patrols earlier this year.

Security

U.S. Navy Destroyer Conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation in the South China Sea

3 November, 2023

The USS Dewey (DDG 105) exercised navigational rights and freedoms in the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands on November 3, in accordance with international law. Following the operation, the USS Dewey (DDG 105) left the excessive claim region and resumed operations in the South China Sea. By contesting limitations on innocent passage imposed by the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan, and Vietnam, this freedom of navigation operation (“FONOP”) protected the rights, freedoms, and authorized uses of the sea recognized in international law.

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China Releases Geological Exploration Achievements in South China Sea                           China released the findings of its mammoth geological exploration of the South China Sea on Tuesday, marking a significant milestone in compiling a basic marine geological survey of the South China Sea and its adjacent seas.

Analysis

Tit-for-tat wargames rumble and churn South China Sea                                                                In another sign that the South China Sea is at the heart of a brewing US-China new Cold War, both superpowers conducted tit-for-tat wargames in the disputed maritime area in the opening days of the new year.

Analysis

Xi Jinping’s surge and purge: What it means for China and world                                                      In a notable development, nine high-ranking military officers were dismissed from China’s national legislative body last Friday, according to state media reports. This action typically signals impending disciplinary measures. Among those removed, five were from the enigmatic Rocket Force, including its former commander Li Yuchao, who had previously been linked to a corruption probe.

Analysis

Chinese-developed ‘golden veil’ could make deadly missiles look like passenger plane                Military commanders could be put to the test as new gold-plated camouflage veil can make cruise missiles look like civilian planes. The new low-cost, low-weight device could ‘change the face of war’ according to the team of scientists behind the design.

Analysis

China’s misunderstood South China Sea ambitions China’s actions in the South China Sea, including collisions with Filipino vessels and sonar pulses near an Australian ship, have raised concerns among the US and its allies. This assertive behavior is seen as a “revisionist” move, challenging the maritime order. Yet, according to this author, China’s policy, established by former leader Deng Xiaoping, aims to resolve disputes in the South and East China Seas by focusing on joint development.

Analysis

Is Beijing warming to South China Sea code of conduct? | South China Morning Post                Tensions with the US and a stronger negotiating position after years of reclamation are likely to be driving Beijing’s renewed enthusiasm. But observers say there are also signs that the Southeast Asian bloc claimants are more interested in a meaningful result than a quicker one

Podcasts

The CSIS ChinaPower Podcast and the German Marshall Fund’s China Global Podcast discuss an article by Bonnie Glaser, Jessica Chen Weiss, and Thomas Christensen on Taiwan and the true sources of deterrence. They emphasize the importance of credible and conditional threats and the actions of the three actors.

Analysis

The New Domestic Politics of U.S.-China Relations | Asia Society Policy Institute                  The U.S.-China relationship has come to largely define geopolitics in the 21st century, and the bilateral relationship is today often conceived primarily in terms of geopolitical tensions and great power jockeying on the global stage. However, there is more to U.S.-China strategic competition than the geopolitical level.

Analysis

China’s ‘blue dragon’ strategy in the Indo-Pacific | The Strategist
China is advancing its ‘blue dragon’ strategy to compete with the US and undermine President Joe Biden’s Indo-Pacific policy. The plan targets three bodies of water in the Indo-Pacific region and major river systems in Southeast and South Asia. Despite Washington’s public denial of a containment policy against China, the US continues its global spy operations and has increased its defensive military posture in the Indo-Pacific.

Commentary


There are few indicators that the South China Sea’s seafood rivalry will slow down. Fishermen and the region face a looming fishery crisis due to illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing, overfishing, marine pollution, warming seas and the securitization of fisheries. Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing is a serious global problem that threatens ocean ecosystems and sustainable fisheries. That’s why the European Union (EU) officials continue to monitor Vietnamese fishermen after they received a “yellow card” in 2017.

Podcasts

This episode of Asia Unscripted from the US-Asia Institute features James Borton and Rodger Baker, the co-authors of the South China Sea Maritime Survey, a survey that aims to “underscore the urgency to examine the benefits and prospects of science-led initiatives in light of the unfolding climate and ecological changes occurring in the region.”

In this episode, Ms. Rushali Saha speaks to Mr. Lucio Blanco Pitlo about the timing and significance of ASEAN’s Maritime Outlook (AMO) Document and what it means for the region’s geopolitical landscape.

Videos

Philippine Coast Guard releases video of sea collisions

Conferences

CSIS hosts Thirteenth Annual South China Sea Conference

Recommended Books

Asian Territorial and Maritime Disputes: A Critical Introduction by Moises de Souza, Gregory Coutaz, and Dean Karalekas This volume is designed to be a practical, yet critical, introduction to the main maritime and territorial disputes in the Indo-Pacific region. With a team of contributors made up of both senior and early-career scholars, diplomats, and legal specialists, the book provides a wide range of insights that go beyond what is provided in the media.

Dispatches from the South China Sea: Navigating to Common Ground by James Borton This book’s blend of participatory research and field reportage paves the way for a transformation of policy and provides a basis for the eventual resolution of some of today’s major maritime conflicts.

On Dangerous Ground: America’s Century in the South China Sea by Gregory Poling The author’s sweeping and comprehensive understanding of America policy offers insightful understanding of all the various claimant nations issues in the contested waters since the nineteenth century.

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