South China Sea

Philippines confirms end of joint patrols with US, shuns aid

The Philippines has told the US that joint patrols in the South China Sea are suspended and says it can "live without" the country's financial aid, the Philippine defence chief said Friday.

Indonesian air force to hold military drill near South China Sea

Indonesia's air force will hold a military exercise near the South China Sea on Thursday amid tensions with China over fishing rights in the area, its commander said. 

China-Russia naval drills to counter "common threats" in disputed sea

China and Russia were poised to begin naval drills in the South China Sea late Monday, with no sign that Beijing will relinquish its claim to nearly all of the contested waters.

ASEAN, China to adopt protocols to prevent South China Sea clashes

The Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China were expected Wednesday to adopt a protocol aimed at preventing clashes resulting from unplanned encounters in the disputed South...

ASEAN leaders urged to cooperate amid regional threats, disputes

South-East Asian leaders were urged on Tuesday to work more closely together amid threats posed by terrorism, climate change, fragile economic growth, and divisive issues such as the South China...

Hollande announces aircraft deal; pledges naval support for Vietnam

French President Francois Hollande announced a multi-billion dollar aviation deal and pledged support for right of passage in the South China Sea during a state visit to Vietnam on Tuesday.

Philippines demands China explain ships near disputed shoal

The Philippines demanded Sunday that Beijing explain the presence of 10 of its ships and barges near a shoal in the disputed South China Sea amid concerns China was preparing new construction in...

Duterte warns of "bloody" outcome if China invades Philippine islands

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday warned of a “bloody” outcome if China tries to invade the country’s territories in the disputed South China Sea.

Manila: China must respect international law in maritime disputes

Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said he and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida discussed shared concerns about regional security, stability and prosperity amid tensions about...

US, Chinese navies to hold first drills since South China Sea ruling

A US destroyer is making the first visit by an American warship to a Chinese port since an international tribunal last month ruled against Beijing over its claims to the South China Sea.

Japanese defence report "smears" China after military drill

A defence policy report approved by the Japanese government on Tuesday has inflamed tensions with China by describing Beijing's military activity in the East and South China Seas as a threat.

China, Russia plan new military drills amid maritime disputes

China will hold joint military exercises with Russia in the South China Sea in September, following a recent international court ruling against Beijing in a territorial dispute with Manila.

Kerry, Duterte reaffirm defence alliance amid South China Sea tension

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday reaffirmed the two countries’ defence alliance amid ongoing tension in the South China Sea.

China launches new military drills amid maritime disputes

China launched new military drills in the South China Sea on Tuesday, one week after an international court ruled against Beijing in a territorial dispute with Manila.

Report: No joint ASEAN statement over South China Sea ruling

The 10 members of the Association of South-East Asians Nations have abandonned attempts to agree a joint position on this week's ruling dismissing China's claims over the South China Sea, a media...