South China Sea: News

27 May 2018

Donald Trump

US sends naval warships near China-claimed SCS islands

Even as US President Donald Trump continues wooing China for cooperation on North Korea, the US sent two Navy warships sailing near South China Sea islands today, a move likely to anger Beijing.

20 May 2018

Narendra Modi

China begins large-scale mining at Arunachal Pradesh border

China has begun large-scale mining operations on its side of the border with Arunachal Pradesh where a huge trove of gold, silver, and other precious minerals valued at about $60 billion has been found, said a media report.

18 May 2018

Sri Lanka

China using Taiwan to gain more control, isolate India, Japan

China will turn Taiwan into a major nuclear and conventional military base and use it to gain more control over the disputed South China Sea to "isolate" both India and Japan, warned Richard D Fisher of the International Assessment and Strategy Center yesterday.

20 Mar 2018

Xi Jinping

China will not concede "a single inch of land": Xi

Soon after being re-elected for a second five-year term with prospects of continuing as the President of China for life, Xi Jinping asserted that his country will not concede "a single inch of land" and guard its sovereignty.

25 Jan 2018


China downplays India's friendly ties with ASEAN countries

ASEAN leaders have descended in India to enjoy a three-day jamboree comprising bilateral meetings, India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit and Republic Day celebrations.

03 Jan 2018


China's new maritime surveillance network: Should we be worried?

China has reportedly developed a new underwater surveillance network to help its submarines navigate and locate targets better.

24 Dec 2017


World's largest amphibious plane makes maiden flight

The world's largest amphibious aircraft, the AG600, made a successful one-hour-long maiden flight today from Zhuhai airport in the Guangdong province on the South China Sea coast.

Tillerson: US has elevated its relationship with India in Indo-Pacific

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said the US has elevated its engagement with India as part of its policy to create a "free and open Indo-Pacific" region.

25 Nov 2017


Australia looks at greater India engagement to balance China

Australia said it will strengthen ties with India, Japan, and the US in the Indo-Pacific region under the quadrilateral dialogue between the four countries.

19 Sep 2017

North Korea

Swaraj condemns North Korea in India-Japan-US trilateral meet

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono in New York.

18 Sep 2017


South China Sea: Are India and Japan changing positions?

Keeping China's expansionist tendencies in check is one of the common interests driving the India-Japan relationship.

29 Aug 2017


Why India and China agreed to settle the Doklam crisis

The months-long standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers at Doklam came to an end yesterday, with both sides agreeing to withdraw their troops.

21 Aug 2017


Doklam standoff: 'India wants peace, China will make positive move'

Amid the months-long Doklam standoff, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said China will "soon" make a positive move and the issue will be resolved soon.

19 Aug 2017


PM Modi exerts diplomatic pressure on China

The Indian government has reportedly launched a significant but quiet diplomatic campaign to convince China's neighbors to pressurize Beijing to end the ongoing seven-week Doklam standoff.

18 Aug 2017


Amid Doklam standoff, India's BrahMos supply to Vietnam irks China

India and China are locked in a tense border standoff in Doklam since mid-June; experts say they are "dangerously close" to their worst military conflict.

10 Aug 2017

North Korea

North Korea: Plan to bomb Guam will be ready soon

The war of words between America and North Korea continues unabated.

07 Aug 2017


South China Sea: Beijing diplomatically scores over ASEAN

In a new development, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) agreed to China's terms for negotiations and refrained from insisting the legal bindingness of the South China Sea (SCS) Code of Conduct.

24 Jul 2017


#SouthChinaSea: Vietnam ends drilling in gas field over China threats

Strong threats from China have led Vietnam to reportedly end a gas-drilling expedition in a disputed area of the South China Sea.

08 Jul 2017

South Korea

China has problems with most neighbors, not just India

The ongoing standoff between Indian and Chinese troops at the India-Bhutan-China tri-junction area near Sikkim has placed the spotlight on Beijing's territorial disputes.

03 Jul 2017

Donald Trump

China fumes as US sends warship close to disputed island

USS Stethem, a US Navy guided-missile destroyer, sailed within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island, a disputed island in the South China Sea.

28 Jun 2017

Narendra Modi

Why the growing Indo-US friendship has irked China

Indian PM Narendra Modi's visit to the US and his meetings with President Donald Trump have signalled the increasing Indo-US bonhomie.

26 Jun 2017


#ModiInUSA: PM says surgical strikes prove Indian can defend itself

PM Narendra Modi, who was attending a reception by the Indian-American community in Virginia, said India has successfully explained the threat of terrorism to the world.

24 Jun 2017


Modi-Trump meeting: China warns India, US on South China Sea

Ahead of PM Narendra Modi's Washington visit, China warned India and the US not to disturb peace in the contested South China Sea.

25 May 2017

Donald Trump

US warship sails past disputed SCS island

In the first provocative action since Donald Trump took office, a US warship sailed 12 nautical miles away from an artificial island that China constructed on a disputed part of the South China Sea.

19 May 2017


SIMBEX 2017: India, Singapore naval exercises commence in the SCS

India and Singapore flagged off their 24th annual naval exercise "SIMBEX", in the disputed South China Sea on Thursday.

17 May 2017


China installs rocket-launchers on disputed SCS reef

China has installed rocket launchers on a disputed reef in the South China Sea, in the latest move that has sparked fresh tensions in the region.

17 Apr 2017

Donald Trump

Philippines to hold military drills with the US

The Philippines military announced it will hold annual exercises with troops from its US ally.

26 Mar 2017


India US relations: Doval in Washington to improve security ties

Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval visited Washington to meet his counterpart McMaster and US defence secretary James Mattis, in an attempt to strengthen bilateral security ties.

14 Mar 2017

Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping calls for further modernization of China's armed forces

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for further modernization of China's armed forces, saying "Efforts should be made to provide greater science and technology support for the People's Liberation Army."

28 Feb 2017

Donald Trump

Trump seeks to hike US defence spending by 10%

President Donald Trump is looking to increase American defence spending by 10% in his proposed budget plan for 2018.

28 Feb 2017


Indonesia, Australia restore military ties

Indonesia and Australia restored full military ties weeks after Indonesia cut off all cooperation with Australian defence forces.

10 Feb 2017

Donald Trump

US and Chinese aircraft come close over South China Sea

A US official said a US Navy P-3 surveillance aircraft came close to a Chinese military plane over the disputed South China Sea.

31 Jan 2017

Donald Trump

Trump, Beijing spar over South China Sea

The Trump administration irked China with their plan to challenge Chinese claims on the disputed islands in the South China Sea.

24 Jan 2017

Donald Trump

Trump administration ups the ante on South China Sea

White House spokesman Sean Spicer has warned that the US would prevent China from gaining control over territories in the disputed South China Sea's international waters.

19 Jan 2017

Donald Trump

China against Taiwan delegation at Trump's inauguration

China urged USA to disallow a delegation from Taiwan to attend the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Donald Trump.

13 Jan 2017

Donald Trump

Chinese media: America's next top diplomat's statement could cause war

US President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state Rex Tillerson said China's access to the South China Sea should be blocked.

13 Jan 2017


China dissuades Vietnam against India missile deal

Reports in the Chinese media suggest that China may pressurize Vietnam to abandon negotiations for Akash surface-to-air missile systems from New Delhi.

13 Jan 2017

Donald Trump

Trump official: China should be denied South China Sea access

Rex Tillerson, US President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state (foreign minister), said China should be denied access to its islands in the disputed South China Sea.

11 Jan 2017

Donald Trump

Taiwan on alert as China's carrier enters strait

The Taiwanese government scrambled jets and navy ships as Chinese warships accompanied by the country's only aircraft carrier sailed through the Taiwan Strait.

09 Jan 2017


India discusses sale of Akash missiles to Vietnam

Sources revealed that India is discussing the sale of the indigenously developed Akash surface-to-air missiles (SAM) to Vietnam.