South China Sea news: US to base Coast Guard ships in western Pacific to tackle Beijing | World | News

Over recent months, China has built several military bases on a number of the region’s atolls and declared dominance over the highly disputed region. But the US – despite having no claim on any part of archipelago – has hit back at the Communist nation. Now, in order to counter Beijing’s “destabilising and malign” activities in the region, Washington has deployed several Coast Guard vessels to the region. White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said in a statement the US Coast Guard was “strategically home-porting significantly enhanced Fast Response…

South China Sea news: Beijing fires ‘dozens of missiles’ in two-day exercise | World | News

China claims it has a historic right of ownership to almost the entire South China Sea, despite a 2016 international arbitration ruling saying Beijing’s claim had no legal basis under international law. But the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei also have overlapping claims to parts of it. An official Chinese outlet said air-to-air missiles were launched during a two-day military exercise on Hainan Island this week. The drill was attended by up to 100 soldiers and was organised by the naval force of the Southern Theatre Command of the…

South China Sea in ‘freefall’ as US and Beijing aggression makes conflict risk ‘high’ | World | News

Beijing’s intense militarisation of the region has led to increased concerns over conflict between the US and China. Described by many as “island fortresses”, China has engulfed the South China Sea with man-made island bases and has been accused of forming them specifically for military purposes. The key issue for other Asian neighbours is the placement of these bases in archipelagos that are under sovereignty claims by multiple countries. The Spratly Islands are claimed by China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei – and have become the cornerstone of…

Beijing doubles down after US sails through waters

Beijing is doubling-down on its assertion of total control over the South China Sea, swarming warships and aircraft around a US destroyer as it sailed through international waters at the weekend. “We urge the US side to immediately stop such kind of provocative actions, strictly manage and control its maritime and air military operations so as not to cause any eventuality,” warns a Chinese military spokesman. The guided-missile destroyer John S. McCain crossed through the South China Sea, passing near the disputed Paracel Islands on Friday. It’s the third such…

South China Sea news: Canada urges NATO to track Beijing | World | News

The South China Sea is a highly contested region which faces claims of ownership from China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines. Now Canada has accused Beijing of “hostage diplomacy” after detaining two Canadians. Appearing from Ottawa via a video link, Canada’s defence minister Harjit Sajjan said NATO needs to “monitor” China’s activities as the actions in the region are “concerning”. He said: “This type of hostage diplomacy is not what good rules-based order nations do. “So, if you want to be part of the global rules-based order, we need…

South China Sea news: US pushes Beijing as Trump sends warships to disputed waters | World | News

The strike group travelled into the Taiwan Strait on Thursday led by the USS Ronald Reagan. Training included flight operations with fixed and rotary-wing aircraft. The group also undertook maritime strike exercises and coordinated tactical training, the US Navy said in a statement. The US regularly sends warships through the disputed waterway, an action which China condemns. China claims nine-tenths of the South China Sea, through which some $4trillion (£3.06trillion) of trade passes each year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have competing claims. The US Navy said the…

Beijing on friendship drive in South China Sea after US flexes muscles

By S.P.S Pannu New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS): Rattled by the strengthened US naval presence in the region, China has gone in for a fresh round of gunboat diplomacy with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries as it sees these nations looking at Washington for support to keep the dragon at bay. The recent meeting in Tokyo of foreign ministers of the Indo-Pacific quad countries comprising the US, India, Japan and Australia also seems to have been factored into China’s stepped up diplomatic drive with…

U.S.’s China Hawks Drive Hard-Line Policies After Trump Turns on Beijing

WASHINGTON—Since President Trump was inaugurated, many members of his national security team have been itching to confront a China they view as the greatest threat to the U.S. For three years their biggest roadblock, say current and former officials, has been a president who didn’t share their views and whose highest priority was negotiating a trade deal with Beijing. “The National Security Council said, ‘Give us your wish list of ways to f— with China,’ ” said one former national security official, recalling the early days of the administration. Proposals,…