Gulf Times - SOUTH-CHINA-SEA
US warship sails in disputed South China Sea amid trade tensions

US warship sails in disputed South China Sea amid trade tensions

A US Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Wednesday, the US military said

China warns outsiders not to "sow distrust" in South China Sea

China warns outsiders not to "sow distrust" in South China Sea

China's top diplomat on Wednesday warned outside countries not to amplify disputes in the South China Sea, where recent Chinese manoeuvring in the energy-rich waters

Philippines refloats tourism plans for disputed South China Sea island

Philippines refloats tourism plans for disputed South China Sea island

The Philippines is aiming to strengthen its claims in the South China Sea by potentially building hotels for tourists on its biggest island in the disputed waterway, officials said Tuesday.

Pirates steal cash, sailors belongings in Korean cargo ship robbery

Pirates steal cash, sailors belongings in Korean cargo ship robbery

Pirates attacked a South Korean-flagged cargo ship in the South China Sea early on Monday, stealing thousands of dollars in cash and even the sailors' shoes, South Korean authorities said.

Vietnam criticises China over vessels in disputed waters

Vietnam criticises China over vessels in disputed waters

Vietnam has accused China of trespassing and demanded a Chinese survey ship in the South China Sea withdraw in the latest flashpoint over the disputed territory.

Vietnam says Chinese vessel violated its sovereignty in South China Sea

Vietnam says Chinese vessel violated its sovereignty in South China Sea

Vietnam on Friday accused a Chinese oil survey vessel and its escorts of violating its sovereignty and demanded that China remove all of its ships from Vietnamese waters.

China denies US accusations of South China Sea missile tests

China denies US accusations of South China Sea missile tests

China's Defence Ministry on Friday denied US accusations that the Chinese military had recently carried out missile tests in the disputed South China Sea

Philippine court orders government to protect South China Sea

Philippine court orders government to protect South China Sea

The Philippine Supreme Court has issued an order directing the government to "protect, preserve, rehabilitate and to restore" the marine environment in three areas the country claims in the disputed South China Sea.

Vietnam says investigating cause of boat's sinking in contested waters

Vietnam says investigating cause of boat's sinking in contested waters

Vietnam is seeking clarification of how a fishing boat came to sink this week in the contested South China Sea, the Foreign Ministry said on Saturday, days after a local rescue agency said it was rammed by a Chinese vessel.

China upbeat on US trade talks, but S.China Sea tensions weigh

China upbeat on US trade talks, but S.China Sea tensions weigh

China struck an upbeat note on Monday as trade talks resumed with the United States, but also expressed anger at a US Navy mission through the disputed South China Sea, casting a shadow over the prospect for improved Beijing-Washington ties.

US destroyer sails in disputed S. China Sea amid trade talks

US destroyer sails in disputed S. China Sea amid trade talks

A US guided-missile destroyer sailed near disputed islands in the South China Sea in what China called a "provocation" as US officials joined talks in Beijing during a truce in a bitter trade war.

Mattis accuses China of S. China Sea 'intimidation and coercion'

Mattis accuses China of S. China Sea 'intimidation and coercion'

China's military build-up in the South China Sea and its deployment of high-end weapons systems in the disputed waterway is designed to intimidate and coerce neighbours, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday.