South China Sea

Vietnam gets sixth submarine from Russia

Vietnam has received its sixth attack submarine from Russia amid rising Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea, state-controlled media reported Friday.

China conducts South China Sea drill with aircraft carrier

China has conducted its first military drill with the country's sole aircraft carrier in the disputed South China Sea, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.

Vietnam denounces Chinese flights to disputed island

The Vietnamese government has condemned reports that China will begin a daily civilian charter flight to the contested Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, state media reported Saturday.

China confirms return of underwater drone to US

China confirmed Tuesday that it has returned a US Navy underwater drone back to US authorities, which the country seized last week in the South China Sea.

Philippine leader backs down on South China Sea territory ruling

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Saturday he would set aside an arbitration court ruling that invalidated China's sweeping claims over the disputed South China Sea.

China "appropriately handling" US navy drone issue

The Chinese military is working with its US counterparts on "appropriately handling" the issue of a seized US Navy underwater drone, China said on Saturday.

China seizes US underwater drone in South China Sea

China has seized a US unmanned underwater vehicle in the South China Sea, the Pentagon said Friday.

Report: China has installed new weapons in South China Sea

New satellite images show China has significantly strengthened its military capabilities on contested islands in the South China Sea, a move that may increase tensions with its neighbours and the...

US not allowed to launch South China Sea patrols from the Philippines

Manila will not allow the United States to launch naval and aerial patrols in the disputed South China Sea from the Philippines, the defence secretary said Friday.

China to begin new military exercises in South China Sea

China will begin new military drills Thursday in the disputed South China Sea, according to a defence ministry statement.

Philippines confirms end of joint patrols with US, shuns aid

The Philippines has told the US that joint patrols in the South China Sea are suspended and says it can "live without" the country's financial aid, the Philippine defence chief said Friday.

Indonesian air force to hold military drill near South China Sea

Indonesia's air force will hold a military exercise near the South China Sea on Thursday amid tensions with China over fishing rights in the area, its commander said. 

China-Russia naval drills to counter "common threats" in disputed sea

China and Russia were poised to begin naval drills in the South China Sea late Monday, with no sign that Beijing will relinquish its claim to nearly all of the contested waters.

ASEAN, China to adopt protocols to prevent South China Sea clashes

The Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China were expected Wednesday to adopt a protocol aimed at preventing clashes resulting from unplanned encounters in the disputed South...

ASEAN leaders urged to cooperate amid regional threats, disputes

South-East Asian leaders were urged on Tuesday to work more closely together amid threats posed by terrorism, climate change, fragile economic growth, and divisive issues such as the South China...