Trump has vowed to increase the US Navy to 350 ships from the current 290 while China has commissioned 18 ships of different varieties in 2016.
According to US officials the structures built on Spratly islands, which already have military air-strips, could be considered a military escalation.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may have just demonstrated to other world leaders how to possibly approach President Donald Trump.
Trump’s new administration vowed to prevent China from taking over the contentious South China Sea, Chinese state media hints at assertive action.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull agreed to deepen defence ties by stressing the importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in a meeting in Sydney.
The paper discusses issues like the Korean nuclear crisis and the South China Sea dispute, as well as ties with the US and India. But it is important to read between the lines to understand the Chinese perspective.
The Soviet-built Liaoning aircraft carrier was not trespassing in Taiwan’s territorial waters but entered its air defence identification zone.
China has given few details of what the Soviet-built Liaoning is up to, save that it is on a routine exercise and complying with international law.
Typhoon Nock-ten’s wind speed eased to 130 kph as it headed towards the South China Sea, passing through provinces south of Manila at a speed of 20 kph.
The underwater drone was seized by Chinese authorities on Thursday. Beijing state media has been reporting that China considers it a part of surveillance in the South China Sea by the US.
The drone, which the Pentagon said was operating lawfully about 50 nautical miles northwest of Subic Bay, off the Philippines had been captured by China as it was “unidentified equipment”
China has advanced its claim on the South China Sea by installing weapon systems on Hughes and Fiery cross reefs, worrying the Philippines.
Activity visible on Ladd Reef in the Spratly Islands could anger Hanoi’s main South China Sea rival, Beijing, which claims sovereignty over the group and most of the resource-rich sea.
Taiwan held rescue drills on Tuesday off the coast of its sole outpost in the Spratly Islands of the South China Sea, but China kept untypically quiet.
It is important to support and maintain the capital that we have as a champion of the developing world, India’s foreign secretary said.
The exercises to be held around Itu Aba, known by Taiwan as Taiping, would include drills in rescuing shipwrecked personnel.
Experts say China prefers a ‘divide and conquer’ tactic over allowing its opponents to group together.
Looking beyond Asia, India and Japan have also raised the stakes by including Africa in their development strategy, implicitly setting up a rival to China’s One Belt, One Road.
Najib is looking to strengthen ties with China after July lawsuits filed by the US justice department implicating him in a money-laundering scandal.
Inviting the American ambassador to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh is bound to provoke China.
Duterte’s efforts to engage China, months after a tribunal ruling in the Hague over South China Sea disputes, marks a reversal in foreign policy.
The foul-mouthed, tough-talking president of the Philippines is ironically a pragmatist on foreign policy.
President Duterte has picked fights with President Obama and with the EU. His behavior is shaking the U.S.-Philippine alliance and stability in Southeast Asia.
The images seen on Google Earth show four three-pronged structures sitting in a semi-circle just off the northwestern shoreline of Itu Aba.
A statement by ASEAN on Wednesday listed eight points related to the South China Sea, but made no mention of the ruling that declared illegal some of China’s artificial islands in the sea and invalidated its claims to almost the entire waterway.
A day before the US president was supposed to meet his Philippine counterpart, Duterte told the press that Obama is a “son of a bitch.”
The US hopes India will aid its attempts to confront Chinese assertiveness in the region, but Sino-Russian bonhomie and Beijing’s plans for the South China Sea could prove tough to navigate.
Influenced by China’s neighbourly presence, the two countries signed 12 pacts, including a $500 million defence line for credit, to deepen bilateral cooperation across multiple sectors.
Vietnam wants closer ties with India but is aware of the fact that this will not deter China’s rise.
The US sees the relationship in the context of India’s larger role in Asia, first as a counter-weight to China, and then as a partner in the US-led order. India, unsure of its future role in the region, is mainly looking for transactional benefits.
Since 2010, China and the ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have been discussing a set of rules aimed at avoiding conflict among rival claimants in the busy waterway.
“We continue to push for peaceful resolutions to international conflicts,” President Joko Widodo said in a speech marking Indonesia’s independence day, which falls on Wednesday.
Fidel Ramos, Philippines special envoy to China visited Hong Kong in an attempt to rekindle ties, signalling President Duterte willingness to engage with China.
“I see a looming problem, in three to seven years from now, we will have a problem with ISIS,” Duterte said, promising the army modern equipment to fight Abu Sayyaf.
The new rocket launchers have yet to be armed but could be made operational with rocket artillery rounds within two or three days, according to sources.
Pictures taken in late July show the hangars constructed on Fiery Cross, Subi and Mischief Reefs in the Spratly islands, have room for any fighter jet in the Chinese air force.
China offers two contrasting visions: of regional economic growth and nationalist competition. Which will it ultimately choose?
Making no direct mention of the South China Sea or The Hague ruling, China court said its judicial interpretation is in accordance with both Chinese law and United Nations’ Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Some elements in the Chinese military are pressing for a stronger response on the South China Sea dispute, but the leadership is wary of straining its relations with the US.
With one eye on Beijing, enhanced economic and strategic ties are on the agenda but sale of the sea-launched Brahmos missile is not on the cards.