Coast Guard Gives US New Tool in Disputed South China Sea – New Delhi Times

A rare U.S. Coast Guard exercise in the South China Sea this month shows that the United States is broadening its reach in a disputed waterway, a new pressure point between Washington and the sea’s chief claimant Beijing. On May 14 the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Bertholf joined two Philippine coast guard vessels for training in “maritime security” and “law enforcement capabilities” in the sea, the U.S. Indo Pacific Command said in a statement. They spotted two Chinese vessels in a disputed area of the South China Sea that day…

USS Preble Sails Near Scarborough Shoal in South China Sea – New Delhi Times

The United States military said one of its warships in the South China Sea sailed Monday near the disputed Scarborough Shoal claimed by China and the Philippines. “USS Preble sailed within 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Reef in order to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law,” a spokesman for the Seventh Fleet, Commander Clay Doss said. It was the second U.S. military freedom of navigation exercise in the region in the last month. Speaking at an international security conference in Singapore…

Beijing Bristles, Warns US Against Provocation in South China Sea

Lu Kang, a spokesperson for Chinese Foreign Ministry. (File Photo: IANS) Beijing, May 20: China on Monday lacerated the US for sailing its warship in the disputed South China Sea, saying Washington was trying to disturb peace and stability in the region. The disputed South China Sea is one of the hot button issues between the US and China who are going through a very rough patch in their ties. The US sailed its destroyer ‘Preble’ near the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, its second such operation in…

UPDATE 2-U.S. warship sails in disputed South China Sea amid trade tensions

(Adds Chinese ministry comment) By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. military said one of its warships sailed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal claimed by China in the South China Sea on Sunday, angering Beijing at a time of tense ties between the world’s two biggest economies. The busy waterway is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, which include a trade war, U.S. sanctions and Taiwan. China struck a more aggressive tone in its trade war with the United States on Friday.…

Washington and Beijing in ‘contest of wills’ in South China Sea

China and the United States have entered a “contest of wills” in the South China Sea, according to analysts. The assessment follows the latest passage of a US warship through disputed waters near the Scarborough Shoal on Sunday. It was the second such incident this month and follows a number of missions earlier this year, as the US seeks to challenge China’s activities in the South China Sea. But analysts predicted that China would step up its countermeasures to show that it would not compromise on sovereignty. However, Beijing and…

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Philippines prefers China loans over US ‘strategic confusion’ in South China Sea, SE Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA (BLOOMBERG) – The US is projecting “strategic confusion” in the South China Sea, the Philippines’ top diplomat said, prompting the South-east Asian nation to deepen its ties with China. President Rodrigo Duterte prefers China’s offer of loans and investments in the absence of a clearer stance from the US in the disputed sea amid growing rivalry between the two nations, Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin said. “China’s offer of a strategic partnership is a bit more attractive than the current offer of the US of strategic confusion,” Mr…

Asia Times | The conflict to come in the South China Sea

As the United States and China volley round after round in an escalating trade war, a second front of conflict is brewing in the contested South China Sea, one that could soon force smaller regional states to take geopolitical sides. This week, a US Navy guided-missile destroyer was deployed near the Scarborough Shoal, a sea feature occupied by China since 2012 but claimed by the Philippines as part of its exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The deployment was the destroyer’s second freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) near the shoal this month,…

Surveillance plane P8I joins SIMBEX 2019 at South China Sea

Indian Navy’s long-range maritime patrol and anti-submarine aircraft Poseidon P8I joined its two warships in the ongoing India-Singapore naval exercise SIMBEX 2019 as war games shifts from Singapore harbour to South China Sea. Armed with deadly Harpoon missiles, torpedoes, sensors and radars, the Boeing-manufactured Poseidon P8I is an Indian variant US Navy’s P8A and has completed six years of operations since its induction on May 15, 2013 in Naval Air Squadron nicknamed ‘Albatross’. Indian Navy’s long-range maritime patrol and anti-submarine aircraft Poseidon P8I taking off from an unspecified naval base.…

US Navy Destroyer Sails In South China Sea To Challenge Chinese Maritime Claims, Preserve Freedom Of Navigation

In a move that is likely to increase the tensions between United States and China, the US military said that it one of its warships sailed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea on Sunday (19 May), reports NDTV. According to the report, the US Navy destroyer Preble carried out the operation in the South China Sea. “Preble sailed within 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Reef in order to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law,”…