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Stories with place: South China Sea
  • US: China rejects Hong Kong port call by US aircraft carrier 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 2:36 pm

    WASHINGTON - China recently denied a request from a U.S. aircraft carrier for a port visit in Hong Kong, the State Department said Friday, in an apparent sign of mounting tension in the disputed South China Sea.

  • Russia, China in agreement on North Korea, South China Sea story has photos
    Updated: Apr-29-16 3:21 am

    BEIJING - Denouncing what they see as outside interference in the South China Sea and Korean Peninsula, the foreign ministers of Russia and China voiced mutual support Friday as they seek to counter the influence of Washington and its allies, particularly in Asia.

  • China to join exercises with rival South China Sea claimants 
    Updated: Apr-28-16 6:28 am

    BEIJING - China said Thursday it will send a warship and special forces for a multinational exercise next month that is also expected to include troops from the Philippines and other rival claimants in the South China Sea.

  • Lawmaker urge more US naval operations in South China Sea 
    Updated: Apr-27-16 2:58 pm

    WASHINGTON - Members of Congress urged the Obama administration on Wednesday to order more naval operations close to disputed islands in the South China Sea. The State Department said Beijing risks conflict and isolation through its assertive behavior in those waters.

  • SOUTH CHINA SEA WATCH: Tussle over plane; Russia backs China story has photos
    Updated: Apr-25-16 8:48 am

    Tensions in the South China Sea are rising, pitting China against smaller and weaker neighbors that all lay claim to islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters rich in fish and potential gas and oil reserves. China's recent construction of artificial islands in the Spratly archipelago, complete with airstrips and radar stations, and U.S. patrols challenging Beijing's vast territorial claims, have caused concern that the strategically important waters could become a flashpoint.

  • Vietnamese refugee locates crew that rescued family at sea 
    Updated: Apr-23-16 3:01 am

    LAKELAND, Florida - The summer of 1980, Lauren Vuong survived a hurricane-like storm at sea aboard a rickety fishing boat carrying her family and dozens of other Vietnamese desperate to escape the brutality of ongoing war and harsh, communist rule.

  • Chinese foreign minister praises Cambodia for support 
    Updated: Apr-22-16 5:59 am

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - China's top diplomat praised Cambodia for its support of Beijing's positions on world affairs as he ended a visit to one of the country's closest allies in Southeast Asia on Friday.

  • US official questions China's intentions in South China Sea story has photos
    Updated: Apr-21-16 9:52 am

    HANOI, Vietnam - A U.S. official on Thursday questioned China's intentions with its massive land reclamation projects in the South China Sea and urged it to follow international laws.

  • China's Defense Ministry appears to confirm new missile test 
    Updated: Apr-21-16 8:49 am

    BEIJING - China's Defense Ministry appeared Thursday to confirm a test of an intercontinental missile.

  • Democrat attacks policy on China, Republican defends it 
    Updated: Apr-19-16 5:50 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's policy on the disputed South China Sea came under attack Tuesday from a fellow Democrat, and in an unusual twist, it was a Republican adversary who leapt to the administration's defense.

  • Britain aligns with US on response to South China Sea case 
    Updated: Apr-18-16 5:45 pm

    WASHINGTON - Britain said Monday it will stand alongside the U.S. in supporting an upcoming ruling by an international tribunal in a case that challenges the legality of China's expansive territorial claims in the South China Sea.

  • China dispatches military plane to disputed man-made island 
    Updated: Apr-18-16 8:53 am

    BEIJING - China's navy dispatched a military plane to one of the country's man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea, the Defense Ministry said, in what is believed to be the first openly acknowledged mission of its kind.

  • US defense chief visits aircraft carrier in South China Sea story has photos
    Updated: Apr-15-16 8:38 pm

    ABOARD THE USS JOHN C. STENNIS - For the second time in five months, Defense Secretary Ash Carter landed aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier in the bitterly contested South China Sea, sending a deliberate message to China on American power in the region.

  • China 2nd ranking general visits disputed islands 
    Updated: Apr-15-16 7:26 am

    BEIJING - China's second-ranking general recently visited the country's man-made islands in the South China Sea, the Defense Ministry said Friday, underscoring China's defiance in the face of calls by the U.S. and others to cease construction work that they say is raising tensions in the region.

  • US sending commandos, combat aircraft to Philippines story has photos
    Updated: Apr-14-16 12:18 pm

    MANILA, Philippines - In a military buildup certain to inflame tensions with China, the United States said Thursday it will send troops and combat aircraft to the Philippines for regular, more frequent rotations, and will conduct more joint sea and air patrols with Philippine forces in the South China Sea.

  • Australia premier praises China ties, skirts touchy subjects 
    Updated: Apr-14-16 3:59 am

    SHANGHAI - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hailed business ties with China but skirted sensitive political issues Thursday, on the first day of an official visit to his country's key trade partner.

  • China summons G7 diplomats to protest S. China Sea statement 
    Updated: Apr-13-16 8:26 am

    BEIJING - Beijing summoned diplomats from the Group of 7 industrialized countries to protest a statement from their foreign ministers criticizing China's island-building activities in the disputed South China Sea, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

  • Philippine diplomat to China: Don't turn shoal into island 
    Updated: Apr-12-16 1:23 am

    MANILA, Philippines - A Philippine diplomat warned Tuesday that any Chinese move to turn a disputed shoal, where the U.S. Navy recently spotted a suspected Chinese survey ship, into an island will escalate the disputes in the South China Sea and asked Washington to convince Beijing not to take that "very provocative" step.

  • Taiwan leader visits island, urges peace in contested waters story has photos
    Updated: Apr-09-16 10:34 am

    PENGJIA ISLET, Taiwan - Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou called for peace in Asia's contested waters on Saturday as he visited a small island in the East China Sea, one of his last symbolic foreign policy moves before leaving office next month.

  • Defense chief lays out new military aid to Philippines 
    Updated: Apr-08-16 6:27 pm

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. will send about $40 million in military assistance to the Philippines to beef up intelligence sharing, surveillance and naval patrols, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday, amid increasing tensions with China over undeveloped islands and shoals in the region.

  • Fishing amid territorial disputes in the South China Sea story has photos
    Updated: Apr-08-16 6:48 am

    CATO, Philippines - As Asian countries jostle for territory in the South China Sea, one Filipino fisherman is taking a stand.

  • Vietnam demands that China move oil rig 
    Updated: Apr-07-16 11:22 pm

    HANOI, Vietnam - Vietnam demanded Friday that China remove an oil exploration rig from a sea area where the countries are still negotiating a delineation of control and stop complicating the situation with unilateral action.

  • Vietnam elects prime minister amid big challenges story has photos
    Updated: Apr-06-16 11:47 pm

    HANOI, Vietnam - Vietnam's rubber-stamp parliament on Thursday elected Nguyen Xuan Phuc as prime minister, and he takes office at a time of soaring public debt, a worrying budget deficit and China's growing assertiveness in nearby seas.

  • Indonesia sinks 23 foreign fishing boats 
    Updated: Apr-05-16 8:42 am

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesian authorities on Tuesday blew up 23 foreign vessels that were captured for fishing illegally in the country's waters.

  • US, Australian and Philippine forces start combat drills story has photos
    Updated: Apr-04-16 7:53 am

    MANILA, Philippines - Thousands of U.S. and Philippine troops, along with Australian defense forces, began annual drills Monday to prepare to quickly respond to a range of potential crises, including in the disputed South China Sea.