- SOUTH CHINA SEA WATCH: Will China build on disputed shoal? Updated: May-02-16 1:54 am
Tensions in the South China Sea are rising, pitting China against smaller and weaker neighbors that all lay claim to islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters rich in fish and potential gas and oil reserves. China's recent construction of artificial islands in the Spratly archipelago, complete with airstrips and radar stations, and U.S. patrols challenging Beijing's vast territorial claims, have caused concern that the strategically important waters could become a flashpoint.
- China's Xi moves to take more direct command over military Updated: Apr-21-16 10:21 am
BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping has assumed a more direct role over the country's powerful armed forces as head of its increasingly important joint operations, displaying both his strong personal authority and China's determination to defend its interests.
- China dispatches military plane to disputed man-made island Updated: Apr-18-16 8:53 am
BEIJING - China's navy dispatched a military plane to one of the country's man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea, the Defense Ministry said, in what is believed to be the first openly acknowledged mission of its kind.
- Chinese Twitter users concerned over executive appointment Updated: Apr-18-16 8:48 am
BEIJING - Chinese Twitter users have expressed concerns over the company's appointment of a China regional executive who has a background working with the country's military and state security apparatus.
- US sending commandos, combat aircraft to Philippines Updated: Apr-14-16 12:18 pm
MANILA, Philippines - In a military buildup certain to inflame tensions with China, the United States said Thursday it will send troops and combat aircraft to the Philippines for regular, more frequent rotations, and will conduct more joint sea and air patrols with Philippine forces in the South China Sea.
- Philippine diplomat to China: Don't turn shoal into island Updated: Apr-12-16 1:23 am
MANILA, Philippines - A Philippine diplomat warned Tuesday that any Chinese move to turn a disputed shoal, where the U.S. Navy recently spotted a suspected Chinese survey ship, into an island will escalate the disputes in the South China Sea and asked Washington to convince Beijing not to take that "very provocative" step.
- Navy officer accused of espionage; now held in Navy brig Updated: Apr-11-16 7:00 pm
WASHINGTON - The U.S. military has charged a Taiwan-born Navy officer with espionage for allegedly passing military secrets to China or Taiwan, U.S. defense officials said Monday.