China Denies South China Sea Missile Tests

by Ben Blanchard (Reuters) China’s Defense Ministry on Friday denied U.S. accusations that the Chinese military had recently carried out missile tests in the disputed South China Sea, saying instead that they had held routine drills that involved the firing of live ammunition. The Pentagon said on Tuesday the missile launch was “disturbing” and contrary to Chinese … [Read more...]

Inside the Close Naval Encounters in the South China Sea

By Derek Wallbank (Bloomberg) -- The voice on the radio in the middle of the South China Sea follows a familiar script for Captain Eric Anduze, who helms the USS Blue Ridge. It’s China on the phone. “They’ll contact us and they’ll go -- ‘U.S. government vessel, this is Chinese Navy vessel’ number whatever -- ‘we will maintain five miles from you and escort you as … [Read more...]

U.S. Navy Warships Patrol Taiwan Strait

by Idrees Ali (Reuters) - The U.S. military said it sent two Navy warships through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday as the Pentagon increases the frequency of movement through the strategic waterway despite opposition from China. The voyage risks further raising tensions with China but will likely be viewed by self-ruled Taiwan as a sign of support from the Trump administration … [Read more...]

Opinion: China Goes Unconventional in Escalating South China Sea Face-Off

By Peter Apps LONDON, April 12 (Reuters) - In early December, a flotilla of two dozen Chinese fishing boats and escort warships sailed to the disputed Filipino-occupied reef of Thitu. By the end of the month, Beijing had almost 100 vessels in and around the archipelago, sparking an initially largely hidden confrontation that could yet spark outright war. When China’s … [Read more...]

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...]