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The US will Keep Testing China on Militarizing Disputed Islands

The US will Keep Testing China on Militarizing Disputed Islands

In an exclusive interview with Channel News Asia, US President Barack Obama said Washington will “continue to test” Beijing’s pledge to not militarize the disputed South China Sea. His comments came a day before Taiwan announced China had deployed surface-to-air missiles on Woody Island in the Paracel Islands chain. “We think China is resorting to […]

PLA “Warns” US Navy Destroyer in South China Sea

PLA “Warns” US Navy Destroyer in South China Sea

A garrison with the People’s Liberation Army of China warned and repelled a US Navy Destroyer which navigated near an island under Chinese control in the disputed South China Sea, according to Beijing’s Defense Ministry. Chinese Defense Ministry Spokesperson Yang Yujun denounced the US operation, which he called a “provocative move.” Pentagon Spokesperson Jeff Davis […]

60 Percent of Plastic Waste Dumped to Sea Comes from these Five Countries

60 Percent of Plastic Waste Dumped to Sea Comes from these Five Countries

Every year, more than 8 million metric tons of plastic makes its way to the ocean, according to research cited by Science Magazine. Who is responsible for most of this waste? If you guessed the U.S., you guessed wrong. According to Ocean Conservancy, a U.S. non-profit, 60 percent of the plastic that’s dumped into sea […]

China Lands Plane on Spratlys Island in Disputed South China Sea

China Lands Plane on Spratlys Island in Disputed South China Sea

For the first time, China has landed a plane on a runway on one of its artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea. The plane landed on Jan. 2 on a runway at the Fiery Cross Reef. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying confirmed during the weekend that a civilian plane had landed on the […]

Filipino Activists land on Island in South China Sea

Filipino Activists land on Island in South China Sea

To China’s outrage, a group of 47 Filipino activists descended Saturday onto an island at the center of the disputed South China Sea. The Philippines calls this island Pagasa, while China claims it as Zhongye. The protestors who posted a picture of themselves on the island via Facebook are from the Kalayaan Atin Ito group, according […]

Vietnam’s Military is on High Alert as Tensions Escalate in the South China Sea

Vietnam’s Military is on High Alert as Tensions Escalate in the South China Sea

Key units of Vietnam’s armed forces are on high-combat readiness as the country accelerates a decade-long modernization of its military — Hanoi’s largest such push since the height of the Vietnam War. Senior officers tell Reuters the country is heightening defenses to deter China, and to make sure Hanoi can “defend itself on all fronts,” […]

Australian Military Conducting Freedom of Navigation Flights Over South China Sea

Australian Military Conducting Freedom of Navigation Flights Over South China Sea

Australia is leading “Freedom of Navigation” flights over the disputed South China Sea, the BBC has learned. BBC reporter Rupert Wingfield-Hayes was on board a civilian flight from the Philippines as he investigated China’s artificial-island building in the region, when he intercepted radio communications revealing the Australian military was conducting freedom of navigation flights. Wingfield-Hayes […]

China Keeping Eye on Singapore as U.S. Surveillance Aircraft Flies In

China Keeping Eye on Singapore as U.S. Surveillance Aircraft Flies In

China’s defense officials are keeping their eyes peeled on Singapore after the U.S. announced it was launching P8 Poseidon surveillance aircraft to the city state which is in the disputed South China Sea region. “We are paying close attention to how the relevant situation develops, and hope bilateral defense cooperation between the relevant countries is […]

U.S. to Widen Surveillance of South China Sea with Singapore’s Help

U.S. to Widen Surveillance of South China Sea with Singapore’s Help

The United States Navy will deploy P-8 Poseidon surveillance aircraft over Singapore for the first time as a response to China’s expanding militaristic armament in the disputed South China Sea. The U.S. and Singapore announced Monday that the first operation will take place later this month with more likely to follow within the next few […]

International Court to Deliver Ruling on South China Sea Case in 2016

International Court to Deliver Ruling on South China Sea Case in 2016

The United Nations Arbitral Tribunal has finished hearing the second round of oral arguments surrounding the Philippines’ case against China’s territorial claim to virtually all of the South China Sea. “The tribunal now enters its deliberations and intends to issue its award in 2016,” the international tribunal said in a press statement e-mailed Tuesday morning. […]

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