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China Torqued by US Warship in South China Sea

'Serious political and military provocation,' China says of USS Stethem presence

(Newser) - The US is "deliberately [stirring] up troubles" in the South China Sea, a rep from China's Foreign Affairs Ministry said Sunday in a statement , referring to an incident it's calling a "serious political and military provocation." Per the BBC , that alleged provocation was the USS... More »

As US Carrier Enters South China Sea, What's Trump's Move?

'Navy Times' reports the Navy wants him to OK freedom of navigation operation

(Newser) - The US Navy wants to embark upon a fresh freedom of navigation operation around China's man-made islands in the South China Sea , in what would be the first under President Trump, the Navy Times reports, citing defense officials. The operation would most likely be carried out by the San... More »

Pentagon: China Gave Us Back Illegally Seized Drone

Beijing says there were 'friendly consultations'

(Newser) - China has returned to the US an unmanned underwater drone the Chinese navy seized unlawfully last week in international waters, the Pentagon says. The Chinese navy vessel that seized the drone returned it near where it had been taken, and it was received by the USS Mustin about 50 miles... More »

China Just Seized an Underwater US Drone

It was operating in the South China Sea

(Newser) - More tensions with China: The Pentagon says a Chinese naval ship on Thursday seized a US underwater drone in the South China Sea, reports Reuters . US officials have lodged a formal request to get the unmanned, underwater vehicle, or UUV, back. "The UUV was lawfully conducting a military survey... More »

China's Man-Made Islands Are Now Weaponized

US think tank report notes anti-aircraft, anti-missile weapons appear to have been installed

(Newser) - China appears to have installed anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapons on its man-made islands in the strategically vital South China Sea, a US security think tank says, upping the stakes in what many see as a potential Asian powder keg. The Center for Strategic and International Studies said in a report... More »

China's New Stealth Fighter Looks Awfully Familiar

Officials say stolen US data helped make J-20

(Newser) - China's newest stealth fighter was surprisingly unveiled Tuesday as two Chengdu J-20 twin-engine prototypes flew at an airshow in Zhuhai in front of a cheering crowd. According to US officials, Washington is actually deserving of the applause. They believe Chinese hackers stole data on America's F-35 and F-22... More »

Duterte to US: I'm Leaving You for China

Filipino leader announces 'separation' from America

(Newser) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is done with us. "I announce my separation from the United States," he declared Thursday on a visit to Beijing, adding that he will instead seek a military and economic alliance with China, Reuters reports. "I've realigned myself in your ideological flow,... More »

Planet's Deepest 'Blue Hole' Has Been Found

Scientists announce discovery in South China Sea

(Newser) - "Blue holes" are mystifying to look at, the large, deep pits appearing a shade of blue that's just as deep and in stark contrast to the shallow waters around them. And what we've long considered the planet's deepest—the 663-foot Dean's Blue Hole in the... More »

Beijing Defiant After Tribunal Rejects South Sea Claims

China plans to ignore South China Sea ruling

(Newser) - An international tribunal ruled unanimously Tuesday that there is no legal basis for China's "nine-dash line" claiming rights to much of the South China Sea. The panel of legal experts in the Hague said that any historic rights to resources that China may have had were wiped out... More »

China Wants People to Live Underwater in South China Sea

Planning mysterious lab, perhaps with military capabilities

(Newser) - China's No. 2 science and technology priority out of a recently released list of 100 would take its countrymen almost 2 miles beneath the surface of the South China Sea. Bloomberg reports on China's intention to build a manned deep-sea platform from which it could hunt for minerals,... More »

China Deploys Missiles to Disputed Island

Satellite images show missile launchers, radar on Woody Island

(Newser) - Countries including Taiwan and Japan are speaking out against China after the country apparently deployed an advanced surface-to-air missile system to a contested island in the South China Sea. Satellite images taken Sunday, first published by Fox News , appear to show two batteries of eight missile launchers and a radar... More »

China Accuses US of 'Serious Military Provocation'

Defense Ministry angered by South China Sea flight

(Newser) - China on Saturday accused the US of committing a "serious military provocation" by flying an Air Force B-52 strategic bomber over a Chinese-controlled man-made island in the South China Sea. China's Defense Ministry said in a statement that the US is deliberately raising tensions in the disputed region,... More »

US Fleet Relies on Your Grandfather's Bomber

The B-52 was supposed to be scrapped in the '70s, will likely serve into the '40s

(Newser) - In 1966, The New York Times reported that nation’s fleet of long-range B-52 Stratofortress bombers—first introduced in the 1950s—would "be too old" and need to be grounded within nine years. Nearly a half-century later, the New York Times says the B-52 will likely continue to serve... More »

US Will Sail Near China Islands 8 Times a Year

Defense official estimates 2 patrols every 3 months

(Newser) - The US angered Beijing last month when it sent a warship near China's man-made islands in the South China Sea. It was not a one-time thing: A defense official tells Reuters that similar patrols—those within 12 nautical miles, signaling that the US doesn't recognize China's sovereignty—... More »

US Defies China, Sails Close to Disputed Territory

Things are getting tense in the South China Sea

(Newser) - The US sent China a hard-to-miss message Tuesday—in the form of a naval destroyer—that it thinks Beijing is over-reaching in its claim of disputed waters in the South China Sea. The USS Lassen sailed close to manmade islands constructed by Beijing, and China says it monitored and warned... More »

US Sending Warship to Challenge China

US opposes claims in the South China Sea

(Newser) - The US Navy is preparing to sail a warship near artificial islands built by China in the South China Sea in a long-anticipated challenge to what it considers Beijing's "excessive claim" of sovereignty in those waters, two US officials said Monday. The officials say the White House approved... More »

Huge New Chinese Airstrip Rises From South China Sea

Mischief Reef was an 'outpost on stilts' a year ago

(Newser) - China is engaged in something more than mere mischief on Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands, new satellite images have revealed. The Center for Strategic and International Studies says photos show that China is building an airstrip on an artificial island it has created, which would be its third... More »

Kerry: China Needs to Quit Building Islands

He urges country to stop South China Sea reclamation

(Newser) - US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged China to end provocative land reclamation projects in the South China Sea and work out effective resolutions to territorial disputes with its smaller neighbors that have ratcheted up tensions in some of the world's busiest commercial sea lanes. Speaking at a... More »

China: Disputed Fake Islands Done in 'Days'

Next come facilities for military, search and rescue

(Newser) - If the US hoped to pressure China to abandon its huge building project in the disputed South China Sea, it may already be too late. China's Foreign Ministry says some of its land reclamation on seven reefs in the Spratly Islands will be finished in "upcoming days,"... More »

Pentagon May Poke China Over Disputed Islands

Defense chief considers sending planes, ships close to Spratly Islands

(Newser) - Relations between the US and China might get testy in the very near future. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Pentagon is considering sending planes and ships close to a disputed set of islands in the South China Sea. China has been undertaking a massive project to make the... More »

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