Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday he has ordered troops to deploy on unoccupied South China Sea islands and reefs claimed by Manila, in a move that could provoke rival claimants including Beijing.
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to President Trump’s estate at Mar-a-Lago, starting tomorrow, is a welcome development.
There was “no such thing” as man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea, China’s Defence Ministry said on Thursday, and reiterated that any building work was mainly for civilian purposes
China is not militarising the South China Sea, Premier Li Keqiang said on Friday, although he acknowledged that defence equipment on islands in the disputed waterway had been placed there to maintain “freedom of navigation”.
A first draft of a code of conduct for behaviour in the disputed South China Sea has been completed, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Wednesday, adding tension in the waterway had eased notably
China has hiked its military spending by seven per cent to USD 152 billion, about three times higher than that of India, as Beijing braced for countering Americas push into the disputed South China Sea.
Taiwan’s navy will step up regular patrols around the South China Sea and conduct joint training with the air force in response to China’s growing military power in the disputed waterways, the island’s defence minister said on Thursday.
China’s defence ministry said on Thursday it was aware of the presence of a US aircraft carrier strike group in the South China Sea and China respected freedom of navigation for all countries in the waters there.
China is building a third aircraft carrier based on American models as it seeks to fortify its claims in the disputed South China Sea+ and dominate the larger Indian Ocean region to realise its blue water aspirations.
Southeast Asian countries see China’s installation of weapons systems in the South China Sea as very unsettling and want to prevent militarisation and urge dialogue to stop