Gulf Times - SOUTH-CHINA-SEA
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.

Manila ready for war if troops harmed in South China Sea

Manila ready for war if troops harmed in South China Sea

President Rodrigo Duterte has taken flak in recent weeks for not confronting Beijing following news that China had installed missile systems on artificial islands in the busy waterway.

US warships sail near South China Sea islands claimed by Beijing

US warships sail near South China Sea islands claimed by Beijing

Two US Navy warships sailed near South China Sea islands claimed by China on Sunday, two US officials told Reuters, in a move likely to anger Beijing as President Donald Trump seeks its continued cooperation ...

Philippines expresses ‘serious concern’ over Chinese bombers in disputed South China Sea

Philippines expresses ‘serious concern’ over Chinese bombers in disputed South China Sea

The Philippines expressed ‘serious concerns’ over the presence of China's strategic bombers in the disputed South China Sea and its foreign ministry has taken ‘appropriate diplomatic action’ ...

China air force lands bombers on South China Sea island

China air force lands bombers on South China Sea island

China's air force has landed bombers on islands and reefs in the South China Sea as part of a training exercise in the disputed region, it said in a statement.

US warship sails near disputed islands in South China Sea, officials say

US warship sails near disputed islands in South China Sea, officials say

A US Navy destroyer carried out a "freedom of navigation" operation on Friday, coming within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea, US officials told Reuters.

SE Asia ministers air concerns over Beijing's activities in South China Sea

SE Asia ministers air concerns over Beijing's activities in South China Sea

Southeast Asian foreign ministers on Tuesday aired concerns over China's activities in disputed areas of the South China Sea, noting that land reclamation continued even after talks began ...

China, Philippines agree to avoid force in South China Sea dispute

China, Philippines agree to avoid force in South China Sea dispute

China and the Philippines have agreed to avoid force to resolve their differences over the South China Sea, according to a joint statement issued on Thursday by China ...

Gala glitz masks Asia's tensions as Trump winds up tour

Gala glitz masks Asia's tensions as Trump winds up tour

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte set the tone of cordiality ahead of the two days of summit meetings he will host, suggesting that despite their differences over claims to the South China Sea, the leaders should not discuss the issue.

China scores diplomatic coup in sea dispute

China scores diplomatic coup in sea dispute

After two days of tense meetings on the dispute in the Philippine capital, foreign ministers from the 10-member Asean issued a joint communique that diplomats involved said was carefully worded to avoid angering China.