• Chinese Navy warships
    Last update: 15:32 31.10.2015
    15:32 31.10.2015

    Risky Business: Pat Buchanan Schools Neocons on South China Sea Drama

    In his column for The American Conservative, veteran commentator Pat Buchanan warned that before rushing headlong into the territorial dispute over the islands in the South China Sea, Washington must consider very carefully what its vital interests are, adding that the best way to challenge Chinese expansion is economic pressure, not militarism.

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  • US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen
    Last update: 09:16 30.10.2015
    09:16 30.10.2015

    China to US: Minor Provocative Act in South China Sea Could Spark War

    China’s Naval Commander, Admiral Wu Shengli, has warned the US Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson, that any “dangerous, provocative acts” of the US Navy could spark war in the South China Sea.

    US-Chinese Standoff in South China Sea
  • Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still file image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy
    Last update: 07:01 30.10.2015
    07:01 30.10.2015

    US, China to Avoid Miscalculation Over Disputed Islands Despite Rhetoric

    The United States and China must minimize the feasibility of blunders in the sovereignty dispute over islands in the South China Sea that could possibly lead to a conflict between them, experts told Sputnik on Thursday.

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  • Sailors stand aboard Australia's HMAS Stuart on Friday, Sept. 10, 2004.
    Last update: 22:18 29.10.2015
    22:18 29.10.2015

    Dissent in the Ranks? Key US Ally to Proceed with South China Sea War Games with Beijing

    Australia on Thursday said it will go ahead with live-fire naval exercises with China, even after close ally the United States sent a warship into the disputed South China Sea this week.

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  • Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan
    Last update: 14:18 29.10.2015
    14:18 29.10.2015

    Chinese Military Vows to Defend Sovereignty Amid US Navy Incursion

    China issued a statement asserting that it would take all necessary measures to safeguard its sovereignty and security after a US guided-missile warship passed close to what Beijing regards as its islands in the South China Sea, Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said Thursday.

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  • USS Lassen (DDG 82), (R) transits in formation with ROKS Sokcho (PCC 778) during exercise Foal Eagle 2015, in waters east of the Korean Peninsula
    Last update: 13:36 29.10.2015
    13:36 29.10.2015

    Chinese Media Mocks Obama's 'Brazen' Warship Maneuvers

    China's state media mocked President Obama over the US warship maneuvers in the South China Sea, as the country's netizens called for outright military action.

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  • SOUTH CHINA SEA (Sept. 16, 2015) Gunner’s Mate Seaman Brenda Algado from Dallas, Texas observes a live-fire exercise with a close-in weapon system (CWIS) aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82)
    Last update: 11:03 29.10.2015
    11:03 29.10.2015

    US Demonstrative Patrol in South China Sea Unlikely to Change Anything

    The US demonstrative patrol in the South China Sea has been a topic of debate amongst many analysts, with many suggesting what it could lead to; however Scott Cheney-Peters, founder and Chairman of the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC), has explained why the move is unlikely to change the situation in the area.

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  • Guided missile destroyer USS Lassen arrives at the Shanghai International Passenger Quay in Shanghai, China
    Last update: 07:47 29.10.2015
    07:47 29.10.2015

    US Pacific Commander to Visit China After US Ship Sails in Disputed Waters

    The commander of the US Pacific Command, Harry Harris, will visit China next week after the incident with a US destroyer entering disputed waters in the South China Sea, local media reported Thursday.

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  • US Air Force, an MQ-9 Reaper
    Last update: 00:18 29.10.2015
    00:18 29.10.2015

    US Agents Foiled Chinese Plot to Obtain F-35 Jet Engine, Reaper Drone

    A Chinese arms dealer and a Chinese-American businesswoman tried to acquire illegally an F-35 fighter jet engine and an MQ-9 Reaper drone for the Beijing government, US media reports said on Wednesday.

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  • Adm. Harry B. Harris, Jr., US Navy Commander, U.S. Pacific Command walks past a photograph showing an island that China is building on the Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea
    Last update: 23:39 28.10.2015
    23:39 28.10.2015

    Too Slow to Act: Pentagon Slams White House For Dragging Feet on South China Sea Patrol

    Washington’s aggressive decision to sail in waters claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea certainly angered officials there. But for the Pentagon, the controversial move came far too late, stalled since May by the White House.

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  • Guided missile destroyer USS Lassen arrives at the Shanghai International Passenger Quay in Shanghai, China
    Last update: 22:28 28.10.2015
    22:28 28.10.2015

    US Protects National Security by Sailing Destroyer in S. China Sea

    The US government protests its national security interests by sailing a guided missile destroyer in close proximity of Beijing’s artificial islands, and rejects the claim it was an inflammatory act, State Department spokesperson John Kirby said on Wednesday.

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  • A Filipino security personnel keeps guard outside French surveillance frigate, Vendemiaire, as it docks at Manila's south harbor, Philippines on Wednesday March 18, 2009.
    Last update: 22:19 28.10.2015
    22:19 28.10.2015

    Amid Washington-Beijing Row, French Frigate Sails to South China Sea

    A French warship docked in a Chinese port Tuesday to start an extended visit to China's naval fleet in the South China Sea, where disputed territorial claims have ignited a row between Beijing and Washington.

    US-Chinese Standoff in South China Sea
  • Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, in this file still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft and provided by the United States Navy on May 21, 2015
    Last update: 21:47 28.10.2015
    21:47 28.10.2015

    South China Sea Tension: US ‘Hawks’ Underestimate Beijing's Power

    The US policy strategy in the South China Sea has been a topic of debate amongst many analysts. According to Lyle J. Goldstein the main problem with ‘America’s abundant South China Sea hawks is that many don’t actually admit that they are hawks.’

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  • Crossing The Line?
    Last update: 18:48 28.10.2015
    18:48 28.10.2015

    Crossing the Line?

    It seems Washington's bad habit of poking its nose into sovereign countries' business has become a tradition. Now in the South China Sea.

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  • China's amphibious ship Jinggangshan is seen during a coordination training with a hovercraft in waters near south China's Hainan Province in the South China Sea.
    Last update: 16:04 28.10.2015
    16:04 28.10.2015

    South China Sea: What Will US, China Confrontation Lead to?

    The US deployed the USS Lassen warship close to the artificial islands in the Spratly archipelago and it apparently plans to send more despite a clear warning from Beijing, which claims sovereignty over the area.

    US-Chinese Standoff in South China Sea
  • Guided missile destroyer USS Lassen arrives at the Shanghai International Passenger Quay in Shanghai, China
    Last update: 11:36 28.10.2015
    11:36 28.10.2015

    Washington Plans to Send More Warships to South China Sea

    The United States pushed the boundaries of soft power when USS Lassen sailed close to the artificial islands in the Spratly archipelago, and now Washington is apparently planning to send more ships despite a clear warning from Beijing, who claims sovereignty over the area.

    US-Chinese Standoff in South China Sea
  • Guided missile destroyer USS Lassen arrives at the Shanghai International Passenger Quay in Shanghai, China
    Last update: 06:58 28.10.2015
    06:58 28.10.2015

    China Should Take US 'Destroyer Show' in Stride - Paper

    Chinese leadership should exercise "wisdom and determination" in reacting to the US Navy patrolling its guided missile destroyer within waters considered sovereign Chinese territory, a newspaper said in an opinion piece.

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  • Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan
    Last update: 02:47 28.10.2015
    02:47 28.10.2015

    US in Close Communications With Beijing Over South China Sea Tensions

    According to US State Department Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP) spokesperson Katrina Adams comments on the US-China contacts after China summoned the US Ambassador over the South China Sea patrol.

    US-Chinese Standoff in South China Sea
  • USS Lassen (DDG 82), (R) transits in formation with ROKS Sokcho (PCC 778) during exercise Foal Eagle 2015, in waters east of the Korean Peninsula
    Last update: 22:13 27.10.2015
    22:13 27.10.2015

    US Navy Destroyer in South China Sea Poses No Threat - State Department

    The US sailing of a navy destroyer in international waters in the vicinity of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea should not be perceived as a threat by any nation, US State Department spokesman John Kirby said on Tuesday.

    US-Chinese Standoff in South China Sea
  • An aerial file photo taken though a glass window of a Philippine military plane shows the alleged land reclamation by China on Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, May 11, 2015
    Last update: 21:51 27.10.2015
    21:51 27.10.2015

    South China Sea: Why so Much Hype Now?

    Beijing has urged Washington to refrain from any intended provocation that threatens the country’s sovereignty and security interests.

    US-Chinese Standoff in South China Sea