South China Sea
Two Philippine boats carrying food supplies for soldiers to the disputed Second Thomas shoal were blocked by the Chinese coast guard, who allegedly fired water cannons on them. No injuries were reported in the incident.
12 Nov 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he was prepared to mediate between claimants to the South China Sea, where five countries contest China's sweeping claims to the busy waterway.
3 Jun 2017
The United States is encouraged by China's efforts to restrain North Korea but Washington will not accept Beijing's militarization of islands in the South China Sea, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis.
14 Mar 2017
Japan plans to dispatch its largest warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea beginning in May, three sources said, in its biggest show of naval force in the region since World War Two.
4 Feb 2017
U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis says he does not see any need for dramatic military moves in the South China Sea to contend with China's assertive behaviour after a meeting with his Japanese counterpart in Tokyo.
24 Jan 2017
The new administration of U.S. President Donald Trump vows that America will prevent China from taking over territory in international waters in the South China Sea.