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China Party Congress Expected to Signal Next 5 Years of Maritime Policy

China Party Congress Expected to Signal Next 5 Years of Maritime Policy

Chinese leaders are expected to emerge from a party congress this month with signals on whether they will take a hard or soft stance toward the widely contested South China Sea, a region of concern from Southeast Asia to Washington. China claims nearly the entire 3.5 million-square-kilometer, resource-rich sea between its south coast and the […]

PLA Resurges in Hong Kong Amid Rumors of Aircraft Carrier Visit

PLA Resurges in Hong Kong Amid Rumors of Aircraft Carrier Visit

When Britain formally signed the pact that handed over Hong Kong to Beijing, China’s armies made a small dent there – usually confined to barracks in the central district and other smaller areas throughout the territory. As the deal nears its twentieth anniversary, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is making drills, war-games and an ever-growing […]

U.S. Makes Most Defiant Drill Yet in South China Sea

U.S. Makes Most Defiant Drill Yet in South China Sea

The USS Dewy on Thursday conducted a maneuvering drill within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island constructed by Beijing in the contested South China Sea. Although the previous Administration often sent warships into the South China Sea to uphold freedom of navigation and challenge China’s claim to virtually the entire region, some analysts say […]

China Installs Rocket Launchers on South China Sea

China Installs Rocket Launchers on South China Sea

Beijing continues to inflame tensions with its neighbors along the South China Sea after installing rocket launchers along the Fiery Cross Reef, according to state-run newspaper Defense Times. The publication reports China installed Norinco CS/AR-1 55mm anti-frogman rocket launcher defense systems to protect itself against military combat divers from Vietnam, a neighbor that also lays claims […]

The Philippines Looks to Ease Tensions Over South China Sea

The Philippines Looks to Ease Tensions Over South China Sea

After struggling with crippling relations tied to the South China Sea issue, the Philippines may be looking to back off on Beijing. The country’s acting Foreign Minister Enrique Manalo says the territorial issue will be raised during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Manila from Wednesday to Saturday, and carry on over into […]

U.S. Refuses to Recognize China’s Air Defense Zone

U.S. Refuses to Recognize China’s Air Defense Zone

The Pentagon has refused to acknowledge China’s proclaimed Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea after Beijing warned a U.S. B-1 bomber it had been flying there illegally this week. Washington maintained it would continue its operations in the region. China claimed that area in 2013, a statement the U.S. and Japan […]

China Denies Plans to Build Monitoring Station

China Denies Plans to Build Monitoring Station

Beijing has denied reports that it is preparing to construct an environmental monitoring station on disputed waters in the South China Sea claimed by Manila. The initial report by the state-run Hianan Daily quoted Sansha mayor Xiao Jie as saying China would start preparatory operations for various monitoring stations on numerous islands including the Scarborough […]

Japan Sends Largest Warship into South China Sea

Japan Sends Largest Warship into South China Sea

The Izumo helicopter carrier, Japan’s largest warship, is set to navigate the disputed South China Sea in a move that has been dubbed the largest show of naval force the region has seen since the end of World War II. According to three sources familiar with the matter, who spoke with Reuters on condition of […]

Trump Strategist: “We’re going to war in the South China Sea”

Trump Strategist: “We’re going to war in the South China Sea”

It’s no doubt that United States President Donald Trump has been vehemently critical of China’s economic and militaristic policies. But is the commander-in-chief ready to rain American fire power in the East? One man in his inner circle seems to think so. Or at least he did. Steve Bannon, chief White House strategist and former […]

Tillerson to China: Island Building Stops Here

Tillerson to China: Island Building Stops Here

For years, China has been enraging its neighbors by building and militarizing artificial islands across disputed waters. Now, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state says it’s time for the U.S. to draw a hard line. “We’re going to have to send China a clear signal that first, the island-building stops and second, your […]

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