Monthly Archives: October 2018

The South China Sea and US-China Trade Policy: Are They Becoming Linked?

On October 2, the Navy destroyer Decatur narrowly avoided a collision with a Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ship in the South China Sea. The Decatur was conducting a Freedom of Navigation Operation (FONOP) adjacent to an artificial island constructed by China on the Gaven and Johnson reefs. According to the Pentagon, the PLAN […]

China built the world’s biggest amphibious plane, and its latest test could give Beijing an edge in the South China Sea

China’s AG600 amphibious plane carried out its first waterborne takeoff and landing on Saturday. The plane, the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, is designed primarily for civil aviation. But its capabilities suggest to some that it could be used to further China’s territorial ambitions in disputed areas like the South China Sea. On Saturday, the AG600, […]

Taiwan Announces Live-Fire Drills in Disputed South China Sea

Taiwan-begins-F-16-upgrade-programTaiwan China air force The government of Taiwan announced a new live-fire drill next month in Taiping Island, a territory disputed by China and Vietnam, the South China Morning Post reported on Tuesday. Taiwan’s drill shortly follows the passage of U.S. warships through international waters in the region, angering China. The drill may also incense […]

China won’t give up territory: minister

China’s defence minister has warned his country won’t give up an inch of its territory, including Taiwan and disputed waters in the South China Sea. China will never give up an inch of its territory, whether the self-ruled island of Taiwan it claims as its own, or in the disputed waters of the South China […]

ASEAN, China kick off first maritime exercise

The naval drills involve more than 1,000 personnel and eight ships. ZHANJIANG: The first-ever maritime exercise held by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China started on Monday (Oct 22) in the southern Chinese city of Zhanjiang. Over the next six days, the navies of ASEAN and China will plan and conduct field […]

US moves worsening South China Sea row

Recently, the South China Sea seems to be witnessing “polarized” opposition between China and the US as seen from the stinging speech by US Vice President Mike Pence that slammed China’s South China Sea policy and America’s frequent muscle-flexing in the waters. The US, together with its allies and partners, is using political, diplomatic and […]