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Aggression in South China Sea will see new anti-China coalition – Golez

MANILA, Philippines — A former national security adviser predicted that China’s increasing aggression in the South China Sea will spur the creation of a coalition of countries, including the United States, to thwart the Asian giant’s military dominance in the vital sea lanes. “In view of its aggressive stance, China has triggered (the formation of) […]

‘We will not be intimidated’ — Mattis doubles down on US vow to counter China’s attempts to dominate the South China Sea

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released U.S. Navy Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met his Chinese counterpart Thursday to discuss a host of tense issues. The meeting focused heavily on the South China Sea, but tensions persist. Speaking with allies Friday, the secretary called on US partners to counter Chinese […]

US, China back military air rules to avoid mishaps in South China Sea

The United States, China and several other countries on Saturday agreed in principle to guidelines on preventing unplanned warplane encounters, the latest effort to avoid military confrontations in Asia. Risks of chance encounters between military aircraft spiralling out of control have risen in recent years as Beijing becomes ever more assertive in the South China […]

ASEAN agrees to guidelines on air encounters, boosts counter-terrorism cooperation

SINGAPORE: ASEAN defence ministers inked the world’s first multilateral air guidelines on Friday (Oct 19), in a move aimed at managing unexpected encounters between military aircraft especially over contested areas like the South China Sea. The ministers also strengthened regional counter-terrorism cooperation and established a network against chemical, biological and radiological threats. The defence chiefs […]

US B-52 bombers tore through the South China Sea in a power play ahead of a sit-down between the US and Chinese defense chiefs

Two U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bombers fly over the Pacific Ocean during a routine training mission Pacific Air Forces Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and his Chinese counterpart Gen. Wei Fenghe, the Chinese defense minister, met Thursday to discuss a number of issues, particularly their disputes in the South China Sea. Two days prior, […]

US and Chinese air forces urged to sign up to South China Sea guidelines after Asean states agree on code of conduct

Defence ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have agreed a set of guidelines for warplanes flying over the disputed South China Sea, and will invite China and the US to sign up to the same code of conduct. Singapore’s Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen announced the agreement at the annual Asean defence ministers’ […]