South China Sea NewsWire Archive

Monthly Archive of Previous News Articles


US expects more cooperation with India in the South China Sea

28 June, 2023

The US and India declared themselves among the closest partners in the world following a state visit to Washington by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Both countries emphasized adherence to international law in addressing the challenges to the maritime rules-based order in the South China Sea.


China’s double edge wedge against efforts to foster Vietnam- US relations

27 June, 2023

Vietnam lacks agency or remains in a quandary when it comes to managing relations with great powers, especially the US and China. This article details how China continues to leverage its military and economic power and its political ideology to split the Washington-Hanoi partnership.


Chinese threats in South China Sea increase

25 June, 2023

The Chinese threat in the South China Sea continues to increase significantly as Beijing has deployed a large number of armed maritime militias in the region besides an array of warships and other military assets. Taiwan’s foreign minister Joseph Wu has called for united efforts by all stakeholders to address the challenges.


USS Ronald Reagan arrives in Vietnam

24 June, 2023

The U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan arrived at Central Vietnam’s port city, Danang, for a six day visit in a rare visit for a U.S. warship to the Southeast Asian nation, as tensions with Beijing in the South China Sea remain high. The visit of the USS Ronald Reagan is only the third for a U.S. aircraft carrier since the end of the Vietnam War.


Biden defends remarks about Xi Jinping

23 June, 2023

Joe Biden defends his calling China’s Xi Jinping a dictator as India’s Narendra Modi gets state visit U.S. President Joe Biden defended his recent description of Chinese President Xi Jinping as a “dictator” during a recent press conference with visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose track record on human rights and press freedom has made some in Biden’s Democratic Party uneasy.


US Coast Guard ship transited Taiwan Strait after Blinken’s China visit.

22 June, 2023

A U.S. Coast Guard ship sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday in a transit that China described as “public hype”, after U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken having wrapped up a high-profile, widely watched visit to Beijing a day earlier. The national security cutter Stratton made a “routine” Taiwan Strait transit on Tuesday “through waters where high-seas freedoms of navigation and overflight apply in accordance with international law”, the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet said on Thursday.


High Level Interactions Bring a Shift in US-China Relations

21 June, 2023

on June 19, in a first such in-person meeting since 2018, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese senior officials, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, agreed to attempt to stabilize the increasingly fraught bilateral relationship.


Southeast Asian nations move ahead with plan for navy drills near disputed area of South China Sea

20 June, 2023

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is moving ahead with plans for joint naval exercises in September, the first held by countries in the bloc on their own, at a time when several are responding more strongly to increasing Chinese assertiveness in the area. Indonesia’s military have announced that ASEAN member countries have held an initial planning conference for the joint exercises to be held September 18-25 near a disputed area of the South China Sea.


U.S., Japan, Philippines discuss South China Sea, North Korea

16 June, 2023

The national security advisers of the United States, Japan and the Philippines on Friday discussed regional security issues and ways to strengthen the trilateral alliance, they said in a joint statement.
It was the first meeting between White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan and his counterparts, Akiba Takeo of Japan and Eduardo Ano of the Philippines.


China’s Patient but insistent South China Sea Grab

13 June, 2023

While both Taiwan and the South China Sea are cases of PRC expansionism, China’s policy toward the latter is characterized by patience—although buttressed by an insistence that other governments must not make permanent gains at China’s expense.