Missile Showdown: China vs. America in the South China Sea

China in recent years has occupied several disputed islands in the China Seas, dredged their endangered coral reefs and built atop them sprawling airfields and barracks and installations for cruise missiles and air-defense systems. The Chinese military lobbed anti-ship ballistic missiles into the South China Sea in tests in early July 2019. The missile trials underscored Beijing’s increasing militarization of resource-rich waters on which several countries have conflicting claims. “The Chinese carried out the first test over the weekend, firing off at least one missile into the sea,” NBC News…

Australia, Vietnam to talk South China Sea

Rising tensions in the South China Sea are set to feature when Scott Morrison meets his Vietnamese counterpart during his visit to the southeast Asian nation. Mr Morrison will be the first Australian prime minister to make a stand-alone trip to Vietnam since 1994 when he arrives in Hanoi on Thursday. He is expected to sit down with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc for a one-on-one meeting on Friday. Vietnam expert and UNSW Canberra emeritus professor Carl Thayer told AAP the South China Sea would be discussed. But he…

South China Sea Showdown: China vs. Vietnam (Round 2)

The Haiyang Dizhi 8, a survey vessel belonging to a Chinese government-run corporation, began surveying a large swath of seabed on 3 July northeast of Vanguard Bank, which falls within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone. The ship has been escorted by other vessels, including from the China Coast Guard and maritime militia. At the same time, China Coast Guard ships have been harassing Vietnamese drilling operations to the south. Chinese incursions into Vietnam’s EEZ are by no means a new phenomenon. The most serious recent incident occurred in 2014, when China deployed an oil…

White House accuses China of ‘bullying’ in South China Sea

‘China’s recent escalation of efforts to intimidate others out of developing resources in the South China Sea is disturbing,’ says US National Security Advisor John Bolton Published 9:56 PM, August 20, 2019 Updated 9:58 PM, August 20, 2019 ON SOUTH CHINA SEA. US National Security Advisor John Bolton accuses China of ‘bullying tactics’ in the increasingly tense waters of the South China Sea. File photo from AFP WASHINGTON DC, USA – The White House on Tuesday, August 20, accused China of “bullying tactics” in the increasingly tense waters of the…

White House Accuses China of Employing ‘Bullying Tactics’ in South China Sea Dispute

Beijing claims most of the South China Sea, including waters close to Philippine shores, and has ignored a 2016 international tribunal ruling that declared their assertion as without basis. AFP Updated:August 20, 2019, 6:33 PM IST File photo of the White House (Reuters) Washington: The White House on Tuesday accused China of “bullying tactics” in the increasingly tense waters of the South China Sea and said it would resist Beijing on the dispute. “China’s recent escalation of efforts to intimidate others out of developing resources in the South China Sea…

South China Sea latest news: US vow to keep sea-lanes open after Beijing’s ‘violations’ | World | News

The US has emphasised its commitment to the Mutual Defence Treaty with the Philippines as China pushes to dominate the Indo-Pacific region. The United States military affirms it will keep patrolling the disputed South China Sea to deter China from having strategic control of the region, said the US Air Force chief as he restated the US commitment to defend the Philippines in case of an armed attack. General David Goldfein, US Air Force Chief of Staff, said: “I’ll just tell you that there’s in our willingness or our ability…