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...]

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...]

China’s State Firms Cementing Lucrative Role in South China Sea, New Research Shows

By Greg Torode and Brenda Goh HONG KONG/SHANGHAI, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Beijing's giant state-owned enterprises are playing an increasing role in China's build-up in the South China Sea and could seek to cement their dominant position in coming years, according to new research. The work by academic Xue Gong and published by Singapore's ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute this week … [Read more...]

China Fire Missiles In South China Sea As Tensions Heighten

by Christian Shepherd (Reuters) - China’s navy carried out drills in the South China Sea to simulate fending off an aerial attack, state media said on Friday, as the country trades barbs with the United States over responsibility for heightened tension in the disputed waterway. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed concern during a visit to Beijing on Thursday over … [Read more...]

China Sends Military Plane to Third South China Sea Airstrip

By David Tweed (Bloomberg) -- China has landed a military plane on the last of its three airstrips in the disputed South China Sea, a Washington-based research institution said, amid renewed complaints about the country expanding its military presence in the busy shipping lane. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative said satellite images from April 28 showed the … [Read more...]