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China to Create Maritime Court to Oversee Territorial Disputes

China to Create Maritime Court to Oversee Territorial Disputes

China’s Supreme Court has announced it will create a maritime judicial centre to handle territorial disputes. Chief Justice Zhou Qiang broke the news on Sunday during the ongoing annual meeting of China’s Parliament. “(We) must resolutely safeguard China’s national sovereignty, maritime rights and other core interests,” Zhou said. China is currently at odds with its neighbors […]

U.S. Proposes Coalition Against Chinese Expansion

U.S. Proposes Coalition Against Chinese Expansion

A top U.S. Navy official has proposed a coalition to rival China’s military expansion in the South China Sea. The alliance would comprise the navies of the U.S., India, Japan and Australia. Adm. Harry B. Harris, the Chief of U.S. Pacific Command, made the proposal Wednesday. A similar coalition fell through in 2007 following Chinese […]

US Urging China to De-Militarize all of South China Sea

US Urging China to De-Militarize all of South China Sea

The US is urging China to cover the entire South China Sea in its pledge to not militarize islands in the region. In recent months, China has deployed surface-to-air missiles, radar gear, and fighter jets to an islet there. “We are concerned that China has taken a number of unilateral steps over the last several […]

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 […]

US Warship Entered Disputed Chinese Waters Without Approval

US Warship Entered Disputed Chinese Waters Without Approval

The Pentagon has confirmed it sent a warship into the disputed South China Sea in order to uphold freedom-of-navigation laws and to challenge nations’ attempts to restrict passage in the region. The USS Curtis Wilbur sailed within 12-nautical-miles of Triton Island, which is administered by China. “The United States will fly, sail and operate anywhere […]

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 […]

Outgoing Taiwanese President to Visit Disputed Island on South China Sea

Outgoing Taiwanese President to Visit Disputed Island on South China Sea

Outgoing president Ma Ying-jeou on Thursday will visit Taiping, an island it claims in the disputed South China Sea. Taiping lies in the Spratly archipelago, a chain of islands claimed by China. Some of these islands as well as their surrounding waters are also claimed by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei. Charles Chen, a […]

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 […]

Tensions with China Pushing Vietnam Toward Closer Ties with the U.S.

Tensions with China Pushing Vietnam Toward Closer Ties with the U.S.

In a race to open up markets for Chinese companies, Beijing is offering its regional neighbors tens of billions of dollars in loans and investments. The average Vietnamese, however, would rather tell China to stick it. A tense history between the two nations along with Vietnam’s discontent at China’s shady business practices and territorial claims […]

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 […]

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