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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. […]

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 […]

China Likely to Lose International Court Case in South China Sea Dispute, Legal Experts Say

China Likely to Lose International Court Case in South China Sea Dispute, Legal Experts Say

China may finally be feeling the pressure over its territorial claims in the South China Sea, which now are being analyzed by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague. When the court took jurisdiction over the case filed by the Philippines, which has its own territorial claims in the region, China brushed it off […]

Obama Calls on China to Stop Land Reclamation in South China Sea

Obama Calls on China to Stop Land Reclamation in South China Sea

President Barack Obama has lashed out against China’s territorial ambitions in the South China Sea and has demanded Beijing cease its land reclamation in the disputed waters, which are among the busiest and most strategic in the world. Obama expressed his sentiment during his visit to Apec, an economic summit in Manila, where Chinese President […]

China Blames Philippines for Straining Relations Over South China Sea Dispute

China Blames Philippines for Straining Relations Over South China Sea Dispute

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says The Philippines’ legal case against Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea has tightened relations and it’s up to the Philippines to undo it. “We do not want this knot to become tighter and tighter, so that it even becomes a dead knot,” Wang told reporters. “As for […]

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