South China Sea latest news: US carry out missile destroyer missions in waters | World | News

With US-China relations souring after threats of massive tariffs being placed on trade, the latest military movements are seen as a fresh challenge to Beijing from Washington. The US destroyer conducted the manoeuvres alongside a Japanese aircraft carrier, two Indian naval ships and a Philippine patrol vessel. Officials from US Navy confirmed these were carried out in waterways claimed by China. Although similar exercises have been previously carried out, the combined display is seen as a stark threat by US President Donald Trump towards China. Commander Andrew J. Klug, the…

Palace: PH for US presence in South China Sea | # AsiaNewsNetwork

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Philippines wanted “stability in this part of the world” and that the Duterte administration supported “anything” that would bring “such [an] atmosphere” in the region. “The Philippines’ position is that every country has the right to use the waters in the South China Sea as well as the air space. And we want peace and quiet in that area,” Panelo said. ‘Let giants do their thing’   “So anything that will provide such kind of atmosphere, we are for it. If the presence of…

China continues build up on Gaven Reef, just …

Gaven Reef (photo by Military News Agency) TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – China continues to expand and militarize across the South China Sea, contradicting numerous guarantees made to numerous countries, and also endangering the region’s natural habitat with excessive island-building. Taiwan’s Military News Agency (MNA) released a photo on Saturday (June 8) of the Gavin Reef (南薰礁) located in the Spratly Island Chain. The photo, taken aboard a Taiwanese military vessel, clearly shows Chinese forces have been busy expanding the size of the features, and building more facilities on…

China Must Either Trim Its South China Sea Sails Or Face Disaster

China’s leaders have a grand strategy for the South China Sea. They want to control all of it, because they see it as China’s own property. And they are prepared to defend every speck of land—real or artificial — in it. That’s according to statements by the country’s high-ranking officials recently—vowing to defend every “island and rock” that belongs to China. But there’s a fundamental problem with Beijing’s grand strategy: it will never succeed in aligning China’s aspirations with its capabilities and resources, and is therefore doomed to fail badly. That’s what has happened with the grand…

The Next ‘South China Sea’ Is Covered in Ice

The State Department will soon have a permanent presence in Greenland for the first time since the 1950s. In a perfect world, the Arctic Council would meet around a massive spruce table in a castle of ice. It would include Erik the Red, Superman, several Inuit elders, Justin Trudeau, and Magnus Byrnison, King of the Polar Bears, and they would discuss villainous threats to the North. In fact it is just another committee meeting for diplomats, and at the most recent meeting, Trudeau wasn’t even there. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did attend…