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South China Sea Ruling Is In: Philippines Win, China Loses

South China Sea Ruling Is In: Philippines Win, China Loses

The contentious situation in the South China Sea reached a turning point Tuesday when the long-awaited and much-publicized international tribunal hearing at the Hague came back with its ruling. The Permanent Court of Arbitration backed the Philippines, who brought the case forward, overwhelmingly ruling against Chinese claims to rights in the South China Sea. Nations […]

China Prepares Air Defense Identification Zone in South China Sea, Sources Say

China Prepares Air Defense Identification Zone in South China Sea, Sources Say

Conflict in the South China Sea continues to rise as China prepares an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the region, sources close to the People’s Liberation Army say. Some of you – definitely including myself – may be wondering “what the heck is an air defense identification zone??”  Well, here it is: ADIZ is […]

Obama Lifts Embargo on Vietnam Arms, Sparks Fury from China

Obama Lifts Embargo on Vietnam Arms, Sparks Fury from China

President Obama made a high-profile trip this week, visiting Vietnam for the first time. During his visit, he announced that the U.S. will be lifting a long-standing embargo on lethal arms sales in the country. The president’s announcement Monday sparked fury from another communist nation, China. In fact, China warned Obama Tuesday “not to start […]

US Admiral Takes Tough Stance on China

US Admiral Takes Tough Stance on China

China continues to claim most of the disputed South China Sea, where it has built several artificial islands including some with military capabilities. One man is not too happy about that move. He happens to be in charge of US military operations in the Asia-Pacific region. Meet Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr., the US military […]

Laying Out the Rising Tensions Between Nations in the South China Sea

Laying Out the Rising Tensions Between Nations in the South China Sea

Tensions the South China Sea have not only remained a constant, but despite no recent urgent actions, those tensions keep on rising and rising and rising. China recently built artificial islands (which contain air-strips and radar stations), which has U.S. patrols challenging China’s arrogant claims. Because of this, concerns that the pressures regarding the highly-desirable […]

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 […]

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 […]

Vietnam Pondering Closer Relations with China or US

Vietnam Pondering Closer Relations with China or US

As Vietnam’s ruling communist party prepares for a leadership transition later this month, the party has one major question: Would it back leaders that would strengthen ties with the US or those that would favor China. Recently, tensions over the disputed South China Sea and Vietnam’s agreement to the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal have pushed Hanoi […]

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