South China Sea

China: US warship near island a 'serious provocation'

China denounces a US move sailing a warship close to a disputed island occupied by Beijing in the South China Sea.

China: US warship near island a 'serious provocation'

Asia

China vigilant as US bombers fly over South China Sea

Latest military exercise was part of the US Pacific Command's 'continuous bomber presence' programme.

China vigilant as US bombers fly over South China Sea

Asia Pacific

US warship challenges China's claims in South China Sea

A first under President Trump, USS Dewey cruises past artificial island built by Beijing in move likely to rile China.

US warship challenges China's claims in South China Sea

South China Sea

Duterte: China's Xi threatened 'war' over sea oil

Philippine president says Chinese counterpart warned war would start if oil drilling began in disputed South China Sea.

Duterte: China's Xi threatened 'war' over sea oil

Asia Pacific

Chinese jet 'flies upside down' over US spy plane

Fighter jets carry out what US describes as 'unprofessional' intercept of radiation detection plane over East China Sea.

Chinese jet 'flies upside down' over US spy plane

Asia Pacific

China launches first domestically made aircraft carrier

Newly built 50,000-tonne carrier demonstrates the growing technical sophistication of China's defence industries.

China launches first domestically made aircraft carrier

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