Business of Shipping: China’s Claims in South China Sea Could Impact Commercial Shipping

By Ira Breskin - The maritime territorial dispute between China and many of its neighbors, as well as the United States, has major negative, long-term policy implications for shipping, a leading academic says. China’s contention that it has sovereignty over a large swath of the South China Sea violates the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (which China has signed) and … [Read more...]

UK Reminds China of Importance of Maritime Law

LONDON, Oct 19 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May stressed the importance of international maritime law in a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Friday, May's office said in a statement. "The Prime Minister reiterated the UK's firm commitment to the rules-based international system, including the importance of freedom of navigation and maritime security, … [Read more...]

Photos Show Confrontation Between USS Decatur and a Chinese Navy Warship in South China Sea

gCaptain has just obtained photos showing a confrontation involving the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Decatur and a Chinese Navy warship in the disputed South China Sea over the weekend.  The U.S. Navy confirmed the incident on Tuesday, accusing China’s navy of conducting an “unsafe and unprofessional maneuver” that nearly led to a collision as the U.S. destroyer was underway … [Read more...]

U.S. Destroyer Sails Near Disputed South China Sea Islands

By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Sunday, a U.S. official told Reuters, potentially angering Beijing at a time of tense relations between the two countries. Beijing and Washington are locked in a trade war that has seen them impose increasingly severe rounds of tariffs on each … [Read more...]

Japanese Carrier Drills with British Warship Heading to Contested South China Sea

By Tim Kelly ABOARD THE KAGA, Indian Ocean, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Japan's biggest warship, the Kaga helicopter carrier, joined naval drills with Britain's HMS Argyll in the Indian Ocean on Wednesday as the frigate headed toward the contested South China Sea and East Asia. Britain, Japan and close ally the United States have found common cause in countering growing Chinese … [Read more...]