Asia Pacific

China, Philippines spar over military visit to island

China voices displeasure after high-profile Philippine military brass visit disputed island in the South China Sea.

China, Philippines spar over military visit to island

Asia Pacific

Duterte orders troops to occupy South China Sea reefs

Philippines seeks to assert its claim over disputed Spratly islands, reefs and cays in a move that could provoke rivals.

Duterte orders troops to occupy South China Sea reefs

Philippines

Duterte confronts US over China's man-made islands

Philippine president takes US to task over its refusal to challenge China on its South China Sea activities.

Rodrigo Duterte to US: Why did you not send the armada?

Asia Pacific

Philippines to China: Stop Scarborough Shoal plan

Diplomatic protest planned against Beijing as President Duterte calls for regional guidelines to resolve sea disputes.

Philippines to China: Stop Scarborough Shoal plan

Asia Pacific

Philippine president to China: Sea territory 'is ours'

Rodrigo Duterte orders military to assert ownership of Benham Rise area to Beijing - but in a nice way.

Duterte to China: Benham Rise sea territory 'is ours'

Asia Pacific

South China Sea: Japan to deploy largest warship

Izumo carrier will cruise the South China Sea with stops in Southeast Asia before heading to India for US war games.

South China Sea: Japan to deploy largest warship

Opinion

Can China afford to challenge the United States?

Trump calls China's bluff on a naval arms race in the South China Sea.

Salvatore Babones

by Salvatore Babones

Salvatore Babones

Opinion

Beijing looks for edges on cooperation with Trump

China may cooperate with Trump on issues such as N Korea and trade, but it will stand unwavering on security issues.

J Berkshire Miller

by J Berkshire Miller

J Berkshire Miller

Donald Trump

Donald Trump wants 'constructive' ties with China

Uncertainty has prevailed after Trump accused Beijing of unfair trade practices and criticised China's military buildup.

Donald Trump wants 'constructive' ties with China

South China Sea

China returns seized underwater drone to US

Defence ministry in Beijing says it handed the drone back after "friendly consultations" with American counterparts.

China returns seized underwater drone to US

South China Sea

China agrees to return seized US underwater drone

Beijing unhappy with the US "hyping up" the situation after the underwater drone was seized from South China Sea.

China agrees to return seized US underwater drone

Politics

China seizes US naval drone in South China Sea

US officials demand return of the drone they say was testing salinity and temperature in international waters.

China seizes US naval drone in South China Sea

South China Sea

China defends its right to arm South China Sea islands

Beijing regards the islands as its sovereign territory and says it is entitled to necessary defensive installations.

South China Sea

South China Sea: Weapons systems installed on islands

US think-tank highlights satellite imagery it says shows anti-aircraft guns and systems against cruise missile strikes.

South China Sea: Weapons systems installed on islands

South China Sea

US destroyer sails through the South China Sea

American Navy has now conducted four so-called freedom-of-navigation operations in the past year in the disputed waters.

US destroyer sails through the South China Sea