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

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.


Typhoon Haima smashes into China

After battering Hong Kong, Haima makes landfall in southern China bringing the risk of flash flooding and landslides.


South China Sea: The world's next big war?

Charles Liu, a senior fellow at Peking University, debates Bonnie Glaser, director of the China Power Project at CSIS.


Duterte's pivot to China

Duterte is questioning the Philippines' century-old US alliance while ramping up his diplomatic flirtation with China.

by Richard Javad Heydarian

Asia Pacific

South China Sea row tops ASEAN summit agenda

Tepid criticism in draft statement of meetings in Vientiane seen as reflection of China's economic and military clout.


Beijing's South China Sea claims scrutinised at summit

Southeast Asian leaders meet amid tension over Beijing's increasingly assertive claims to territory in South China Sea.

South China Sea

Duterte warns China over South China Sea dispute

Philippine president says "bloody" confrontation could happen if Beijing tries to invade country's territories.


Japan fury as '230 Chinese ships enter' disputed waters

Tokyo lodges strong protest to Beijing over Chinese vessels sailing into waters close to disputed East China Sea islets.

Rodrigo Duterte

When superpowers court Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte wants to make sure his country is not taken for granted, while extracting maximum benefits from superpowers.

by Richard Javad Heydarian


Anger grows over China's handling of deadly floods

Five days after rains lashed parts of country's north, authorities face accusations of trying to cover up the disaster.


ASEAN bloc breaks deadlock on South China Sea

Manila had earlier requested the bloc's joint statement to mention recent UN-backed court ruling on South China Sea row.


Rocky Taiwan-China relations roil tourism industry

New president's stance on independence from China and territory disputes affecting life on the self-ruled island.

South China Sea

ASEAN bloc pushes for South China Sea breakthrough

Territorial disputes in the South China Sea expected to overshadow meeting of Southeast Asian foreign ministers in Laos.


Philippines wins trial of the century

The Hague ruling is binding and final, so China can comply or be branded as an outlaw in the region.

by Richard Javad Heydarian