US wary China’s new coast guard law could escalate sea disputes

State Department says language in the law could be used by Beijing to intimidate its neighbours in the region amid South China Sea tension. The United States is concerned about China’s recently enacted coast guard law and that it could escalate maritime disputes and be invoked to assert unlawful claims, the US State Department said […]

Two US carrier groups conduct exercises in South China Sea

Carrier strike groups Theodore Roosevelt and Nimitz carried out multiple military manoeuvres in the busy resource-rich waterway. Two US carrier groups have conducted joint exercises in the South China Sea, days after a US warship sailed near Chinese-controlled islands in the disputed waters that have emerged as another flashpoint in strained Sino-US relations. The Theodore […]

Blinken presses China on Uighurs, Hong Kong in first call

Top US diplomat talks tough on Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong, as Beijing notes more room for cooperation than with the Trump administration. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken pressed Beijing on its treatment of Uighurs, Tibetans and Hong Kong in the first conversation between top officials of the two powers since President Joe Biden […]

US warship sails near Chinese-controlled Paracel Islands

China’s military condemns move of the USS John S McCain, saying it had dispatched naval and air units to follow and warn away the ship. A US warship has sailed near the Chinese-controlled Paracel Islands in the disputed South China Sea in a freedom of navigation operation, the US Navy said, the first such mission […]

Alarm raised over Chinese ship intrusion in Philippine waters

A Chinese survey ship, which entered Philippine waters for the second time over the past year without authorisation, has left the country, but observers are increasingly alarmed over the intrusions, amid confusing statements on why it was in the country’s seas. Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr confirmed the incident through social media on […]

US slams China’s ‘destabilising’ South China Sea military flights

US says Chinese military flights posed no threat to its Navy aircraft carrier but fit a pattern of aggressive behaviour by Beijing. The US military has said that Chinese military flights in the past week in the South China Sea “at no time” posed any threat to a US Navy aircraft carrier strike group in […]

US stresses South China Sea support amid China ‘pressure’

Secretary of State Antony Blinken has reaffirmed the United States commitment to the support of Southeast Asian nations in a long-running dispute with China over sovereignty in the South China Sea. The new top diplomat for the US made the commitment in a phone call with his Filipino counterpart, Teodoro Locsin, on Wednesday. Locsin had […]

China to conduct South China Sea military exercises

Drills to take place the same week that China complained about a US aircraft carrier group sailing through the waters. China said on Tuesday it will conduct military exercises in the South China Sea this week, just days after complaining that a US aircraft carrier group had sailed through the disputed waters. A notice issued […]

China authorises coast guard to fire on foreign vessels if needed

Legislation allows demolition of other countries’ structures built on Chinese-claimed reefs, board and inspect foreign vessels in waters Beijing claims. China has passed a law that for the first time explicitly allows its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels, a move that could make the contested South China Sea and nearby waters more choppy. China […]

US Congress to vote on F-35 sale to UAE: Republican senator

Senator Roy Blunt, a top Trump ally, predicts Congress will not block F-35 sale to Gulf state in a vote this month. A leading Republican ally of President Donald Trump has predicted the United States Congress will not block the sale of advanced F-35 fights jets and Reaper drones to the United Arab Emirates. Senator […]

China slaps 200% import tax on Australian wine amid tensions

China added wine to the growing list of Australian goods barred from its markets, stepping up its trade war against Australia. China on Friday added wine to the growing list of Australian goods barred from its markets in a trade war against Australia over disputes including its support for an inquiry into the origin of […]

US says China’s South China Sea missile launches threat to peace

The US Defense Department said on Thursday that Chinese test launches of ballistic missiles in the South China Sea were a threat to peace and security in the region. Confirming reports that China had launched as many as four ballistic missiles during military exercises around the Paracel islands, the Pentagon said the move called into […]