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Free navigation in South China Sea ‘never a problem’, says Chinese army officer

Beijing’s top military official posted to Australia has claimed freedom of navigation has “never been a problem” in the South China Sea despite the Chinese military aggressively challenging foreign ships and aircraft that pass through disputed waters or airspace. In rare public comments, China’s defence attache Senior Colonel Wang Jingguo said it was a matter […]

Abe shrugs off Japan’s submarine drills in South China Sea, says relations with China are on right track

Shinzo Abe said the submarine exercise hadn’t been conducted with any specific country in mind Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe downplayed the significance of military drills involving a submarine in the South China Sea, saying relations with China are on the right track. Japan’s submarine exercise also involved five aircraft and three destroyers, on Sept. […]

Countries cautioned on actions in South China Sea

China on Monday urged countries outside the region to behave with caution and refrain from activities that undermine regional peace and stability, after Japan conducted its first ever peacetime submarine drill in the South China Sea. “The situation in the South China Sea has cooled down and is improving,” Geng Shuang, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, […]

WW3 WARNING: Japan submarine in South China Sea drill – Beijing and Tokyo tensions peak

JAPAN has deployed a warfare submarine for a military exercise in the South China Sea, as tensions escalate between Beijing and Tokyo over China’s growing territorial base in the disputed region. For the first time, Japan’s defence ministry publicly declared engaging in a strategic military drill within a South China Sea. Tokyo revealed the submarine, […]

China and Philippines negotiate over South China Sea

China and the Philippines are negotiating a deal to jointly exploit oil and gas in the disputed waters of the South China Sea – despite an arbitration award which rejected China’s claims to historic rights over the vast majority of the maritime territory.

South China Sea: Ample opportunity for Asean-China connectivity

China-Asean and China-US relations in the South China Sea have trended in opposite directions since July 12, 2016. On that day the Philippines and Asean set aside the near-term implementation of the South China Sea arbitration award supporting the case against China’s maritime infringements and opened a new chapter in relations with China. China-Asean ties […]

Risk of South China Sea Strife if Beijing Attempts Defense Zone

An air defense zone declared by Beijing, or any effort to stop civilian ship traffic, would raise the risk of conflict in the disputed South China Sea after years of calm, because either move would inconvenience day-to-day operations, scholars who follow the region say. Five other militarily weaker maritime claimants have watched without major protest […]