Chinese navy holds ‘confrontational drills’ in South China Sea | South China Sea News

Drills came as the US Nimitz aircraft carrier group also conducted ‘maritime strike training’ in the contested waterway. The Chinese navy has carried out a series of “confrontational drills” in the South China Sea, state media has reported, after a United States aircraft carrier group began operating in the contested waterway. The Chinese navy’s Shandong … Read more

China accuses US of ‘slander, hype’ after aircraft clash | South China Sea News

Defence ministry says US distorted facts following a confrontation between a Chinese jet and a US plane over the South China Sea. China’s defence ministry has accused the United States of violating international law and of “slander and hype” following a confrontation between a Chinese fighter jet and an American reconnaissance plane over the contested … Read more

China fighter jet flew within six metres of US surveillance plane | South China Sea News

Video of incident shows a Chinese J-11 jet flying dangerously close to a US surveillance plane over the South China Sea. A Chinese fighter jet flew within six metres (20 feet) of a United States Air Force surveillance plane over the hotly contested South China Sea earlier this month, the US military said on Thursday. … Read more

Chinese jet came within 20 feet of American military aircraft, U.S. military says

A Chinese fighter pilot “performed an unsafe maneuver” while close to a U.S. Air Force plane, United States officials said Thursday.  The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said in a statement that the fighter pilot flew in front of and within 20 feet of the nose of the RC-135 aircraft the U.S. pilot was flying on Dec. … Read more

US and China in first South China Sea encounter since Xi-Biden meeting

Seoul, South Korea CNN  —  The United States and Chinese militaries exchanged harsh words Tuesday after a US Navy warship performed the first freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) in the South China Sea since the leaders of the two powers met earlier this month in an attempt to ease tensions. In a statement, the Chinese … Read more

Kamala Harris’ visit to the Philippines sends China a message of US intent

CNN  —  A Philippine archipelago known for tropical vacations will become the focus of political attention this week when Vice President Kamala Harris becomes the highest ranking US official to visit its main island. Palawan is home to dive resorts as well as a Philippine military base that Harris will visit on Tuesday, according to … Read more

VP Harris to visit front-line Philippine island in sea feud

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will underscore America’s commitment to defending treaty ally the Philippines with a visit that started Sunday and involves flying to an island province facing the disputed South China Sea, where Washington has accused China of bullying smaller claimant nations. After attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in … Read more

Harris will cast US as ‘better partner’ for economic stability in Indo-Pacific on Asia trip

CNN  —  Vice President Kamala Harris departs for Thailand and the Philippines on Wednesday to cast the US as the Indo-Pacific’s “better partner” for economic stability amid China’s push to expand its own influence in the region. The vice president’s visit comes on the heels of President Joe Biden’s weeklong trip in the same region, … Read more

China reassured by Vietnam’s vow to reject military alliances: analysts – South China Morning Post

China reassured by Vietnam’s vow to reject military alliances: analysts  South China Morning Post Xi Jinping Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Vietnam’s Communist Party Chief  The Diplomat China’s Xi greets Vietnamese ally with ceremony, call for defiance  Taiwan News Xi Jinping says China will build stable supply chain with Vietnam  South China Morning Post China, Vietnam Agree To … Read more

China using civilian ships to enhance navy capability, reach

BANGKOK (AP) — A Chinese scientific ship bristling with surveillance equipment docked in a Sri Lankan port. Hundreds of fishing boats anchored for months at a time among disputed islands in the South China Sea. And ocean-going ferries, built to be capable of carrying heavy vehicles and large loads of people. All are ostensibly civilian … Read more