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US Rejects China's South China Sea Claims

'The world will not allow Beijing to treat the South China Sea as its maritime empire'

(Newser) - The Trump administration escalated its actions against China on Monday by stepping squarely into one of the most sensitive regional issues dividing them and rejecting outright nearly all of Beijing’s significant maritime claims in the South China Sea. The administration presented the decision as an attempt to curb China’... More »

America Enters New 'Cold War' Arms Race

China tells the US to back off its new military plan

(Newser) - America is answering China's missile supremacy by planning to deploy—you guessed it—a lot more missiles. Reuters reports that the Pentagon wants to arm Marines with Tomahawk cruise missiles and hasten a rare order of long-range anti-ship missiles, all to counter China's lead in land-based ballistic and... More »

Philippines Is Ending Security Pact With US

Agreement allowed US forces to train in the country

(Newser) - The Philippines notified the United States on Tuesday it intends to end a major security pact allowing American forces to train in the country. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said in a tweet Manila’s notice of termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement was received by the deputy chief of... More »

Tense International Encounter Unfolds in South China Sea

A US Destroyer was aggressively approached by a Chinese warship

(Newser) - A tense encounter unfolded Sunday between US and Chinese vessels in the South China Sea. Per CNN , the American destroyer USS Decatur was aggressively approached by a Chinese warship while conducting what are called freedom of navigation operations in the Spratly Islands. in a statement, Capt. Charles Brown with the... More »

Mother Nature Is About to Put Longest Sea Bridge to the Test

Super Typhoon Mangkhut will show what the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge can withstand

(Newser) - At 34 miles, it's the world's longest bridge to cross a sea—an impressive $20 billion effort that will soon undergo its first major challenge from Mother Nature. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is right in the sights of Super Typhoon Mangkhut, a powerful storm system that's headed... More »

China Warns US Navy Plane: 'Leave Immediately'

Reconnaissance aircraft was flying over man-made islands in South China Sea

(Newser) - The last time a CNN crew got to fly over the South China Sea with the US Navy was in 2015, when a stern warning was issued by China's military to keep away from what it says is China's territory. On Friday, CNN got another "rare look"... More »

After China Landed This Bomber, the US Made a Move

Its RIMPAC Exercise invite is no more

(Newser) - Every two years, the US holds what has become the world's largest maritime warfare exercise off Hawaii. The Rim of the Pacific Exercise, or RIMPAC Exercise, reached a zenith in 2016, with 26 countries and 25,000 personnel involved—a record. It was China's second time participating, having... More »

Nuke-Capable Bombers Land on South China Sea Island

Long-range H-6K bombers train there for the first time

(Newser) - The Chinese air force has landed long-range, nuclear-capable bombers for the first time at an airport in the South China Sea, a state newspaper said Saturday, in a move likely to further fuel concerns about Beijing's expansive claims over the disputed region. The China Daily newspaper says that the... More »

China Issues Warning to US Over Guided Missile Destroyer

'We hope that the US respects China's sovereignty'

(Newser) - The Chinese government on Saturday accused the US of trespassing in its territorial waters when a US guided missile destroyer sailed near a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, the AP reports. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said China would take "necessary measures" to protect its sovereignty... More »

Where WWII Shipwrecks Once Sat, Now Nothing

Divers removing entire shipwrecks for their scrap metal: Guardian

(Newser) - The telling sign is a crane barge floating above. Once its divers inspect the shipwreck below, they lower explosives that rip it to shreds of steel, copper, and brass. This is how as many as 40 British, American, Australian, Dutch, and Japanese warships from World War II—which also serve... More »

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 »

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