China has been building artificial islands on reefs in the many disputed areas around the South China Sea. Nations in the region are furious, and international business is worried that these new islands dominate major shipping lanes.
The unenviable Sino-US relationship has little chance of improving with minor and trifling issues taking forestage to shadow the major issues. In the latest incident, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was snubbed in China, but for what she may not know.
Like a game of chess, except there are – depending how the international community counts – about a half dozen players around the 'table' of the South China Sea: Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, of course, China and now the USA.
Philippine Senator Gregorio Honasan wants the United States to deploy US troops in Scarborough Shoal and other disputed areas of the West Philippine Sea to help secure and protect Philippine interests there.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino said the Philippines may seek the help of the US by deploying its spy planes to monitor Chinese naval activities in the disputed territories in the west Philippine sea
A former official of the Philippine marines and a group of concerned citizens of the Philippines are set to sail to Scarborough Shoal, a disputed territory being claimed by China and Philippines amid ongoing talks to diffuse the tense standoff in the area
The Philippines' biggest warship, the BRP Gergorio del Pilar, is reported to be on a tense standoff with two Chinese naval ships in the Scarborough Shoal, around 124 nautical miles off the coast of Subic Bay in Zambales, Northern Philippines.
Armed Chinese soldiers were reported to have attacked a Vietnamese fisherman and threatened other crew members of a fishing boat near the disputed islands in the South China Sea which are being claimed by both countries.
China has warned Vietnam for its "invasive activities" at the Spratlys hours after Vietnamese authorities complained about Chinese fishing boat supported by two patrol vessels had damaged the exploration cable of a state-operated seismic survey boat.
China intends to protect the secrets of its expanding blue water navy and its Hainan submarine base at all cost, writes a top maritime expert. And just as intently, the US wants to know as much as it can about China’s capabilities...
Parcel Islands to the North and Spratly Islands among 100s are in disputed waters.
Manilla claims the Chinese have a garrison in the Spratly Islands.
A group of disputed islands, Uotsuri island (top), Minamikojima (bottom) and Kitakojima, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China is seen in the East China Sea
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Chinese naval soldiers stand guard on China's first aircraft carrier Liaoning. Ongoing tensions with the Philippines, Japan and other neighbours over disputed territories in East and South China Sea were heightened by China establishing a new airspace defense zone