Latest South China Sea developments

BEIJING — This is a weekly look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. US, INDONESIA FORCES IN ANNUAL JOINT TRAINING The U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, and the Indonesian navy and marine corps, are holding annual exercises. The Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) drills, first held in 1995, kicked…

Vietnam police disperse protest at Chinese embassy over South China Sea standoff

HANOI — Vietnamese police on Tuesday broke up a brief protest outside the Chinese embassy in Hanoi against Beijing’s maritime survey of an offshore block in the southeast Asian nation’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), a Reuters witness said. Vietnamese and Chinese ships have been in a weeks-long standoff near the oil block, the latest confrontation in waters that are a potential global flashpoint as the United States challenges China’s sweeping maritime claims. Protests in the authoritarian and Communist-ruled Southeast Asian country are rare, and police dispersed the short-lived demonstration of…

Philippines’ Duterte to raise South China Sea ruling with Xi | Philippines News

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte plans to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to discuss a 2016 arbitration case over the South China Sea as domestic pressure grows on him to stand up to Beijing. The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague handed Manila a legal victory three years ago by rejecting Beijing’s claims to economic rights across large swaths of the South China Sea. But political opponents and critics have accused Duterte of turning his back on his country by setting aside the case and gambling the Philippines’ territorial…

China launches exercises on disputed Paracel Islands, report says

Aug. 6 (UPI) — China continues to engage in exercises in the South China Sea despite recent protest from ASEAN member states, according to a Vietnamese press report. VN Express reported Tuesday the Maritime Safety Administration of Hainan Province, China, said it would engage in training on the Paracel Islands, also claimed by Vietnam. The exercises that began Tuesday took place every two to three hours and are to conclude on Wednesday. China has banned all ships from traveling in nearby waters during training. The unilateral Chinese decision to engage…

US carrier sails into disputed waters amid new flare-ups

ABOARD THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER RONALD REAGAN, South China Sea (AP) — A U.S. aircraft carrier has sailed through the disputed South China Sea in the latest show of America’s military might amid new territorial flare-ups involving China and three rival claimant states. The U.S. Navy flew a small group of Philippine generals, officials and journalists Tuesday to the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, where fighter jets landed and took off by catapult with thunderous blasts. The nuclear-powered carrier, which was brimming with about 70 supersonic F18 jets, spy planes and helicopters,…

US carrier sails into South China Sea amid new territorial flare-ups, East Asia News & Top Stories

ABOARD THE USS RONALD REAGAN, SOUTH CHINA SEA (AP) – A US aircraft carrier has sailed through the disputed South China Sea in the latest show of America’s military might amid new territorial flare-ups involving China and three rival claimant states. The US Navy flew a small group of Philippine generals, officials and journalists on Tuesday (Aug 6) to the USS Ronald Reagan, where fighter jets landed and took off by catapult with thunderous blasts. The nuclear-powered carrier, which was brimming with about 70 supersonic F-18 jets, spy planes and…

Philippines’ Duterte to meet China’s Xi over S. China Sea arbitration win

MANILA — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will meet Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping soon to discuss a 2016 arbitration case over the South China Sea, an aide said on Tuesday, as domestic pressure builds for the firebrand leader to stand up to Beijing. Duterte has a consistent approval rating of about 80 percent but the same surveys show people in the Philippines mistrust China and want the government to fight its perceived maritime bullying. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said the leaders are likely to meet at the end of this month…

Duterte to invoke Hague ruling during China visit

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People’s Republic of China President Xi Jinping exchange tokens on the sidelines of the dinner hosted by the Chinese President at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte plans to invoke a 2016 ruling by an international arbitration panel in the Hague that rebuffed Chinese claims over parts of the South China Sea when he visits Beijing later this month, his spokesman told reporters yesterday. “Remember that I said before that there will be a time when I will invoke…