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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 […]

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. […]

Australian and Chinese Militaries Hold “Blunt” Discussion over South China Sea Issue

Australian and Chinese Militaries Hold “Blunt” Discussion over South China Sea Issue

Military officials from Australia and China exchanged “robust,” “direct and blunt” remarks over territorial claims in the South China Sea, according to Fairfax media. The discussion took place between Australia’s defense brass and General Fang Fenghui, chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. Talks got particularly heated while the two parties […]

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