South China Sea
Duterte orders Philippine troops to South China Sea reefs
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday he has ordered troops to deploy on unoccupied South China Sea islands, boosting the military presence on remote reefs claimed by Manila in a move that could provoke rival claimants including Beijing.
China denies plans to build on disputed shoal
China Wednesday denied plans to build an environmental monitoring station on a disputed shoal near the Philippines' coastline, after a local official last week announced the plan.
China muted after Tillerson vows islands blockade
China offered a muted response Thursday after Donald Trump's secretary of state pick Rex Tillerson warned the US would stop it from using its artificial islands in the South China Sea.
China says weapons in South China Sea not militarisation
China said Thursday that the deployment of weapons in the South China Sea had "nothing to do with militarisation", calling the construction of defensive facilities "normal".
Taiwan asks Google to blur images of South China Sea island
Taiwan's defence ministry has asked Google to blur images of a new development believed to be for military use on a disputed South China Sea island.
Obama warns China over South China Sea ruling
US President Barack Obama warned Beijing Thursday it could not ignore a tribunal's ruling rejecting its sweeping claims to the South China Sea, driving tensions higher in a territorial row that threatens regional security.
US avoiding 'confrontation' in sea row
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday said Washington wanted to avoid "confrontation" in the South China Sea, after an international tribunal rejected Beijing's claims to most of the waters.
Cambodia blocking ASEAN consensus on South China Sea: diplomat
Staunch China ally Cambodia is preventing Southeast Asia from reaching a consensus on the South China Sea after an international tribunal rejected Beijing's territorial claims to the waters, a diplomat said Saturday.