The Spratlys are wholly or partly claimed by China and the Philippines as well as Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan

ANN - San Francisco (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Ever since the Spratly dispute became big news in the 1970s, I had always imagined the place as just a bunch of desolate, uninhabited and uninhabitable islands.

  • China shoos away US plane in disputed … Philippine Star - Fri, May 22, 2015
    China shoos away US plane in disputed sea

    The Chinese navy warned a US surveillance plane flying over artificial islands that Beijing is creating in the disputed South China Sea to leave the area eight times, according to CNN, which was on board the flight on Wednesday. The P8-A Poseidon, the US military’s most advanced surveillance aircraft, flew at 4,500 meters …

  • US: Sea reclamation can lead to con … Philippine Star - Fri, May 22, 2015
    US: Sea reclamation can lead to conflict

    China’s land reclamation around reefs in the disputed South China Sea is undermining freedom and stability, and risks provoking tension that could even lead to conflict, US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken told a conference in Jakarta. China claims 90 percent of the South China Sea, which is believed to be rich …

  • China, US assert rights after exchange … Associated Press - Fri, May 22, 2015
    FILE - In this May 20, 2014 file photo, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei speaks during a daily briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing, China. China said Thursday, May 21, 2015 it is entitled to keep watch over airspace and seas surrounding artificial islands it created in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, following a reported exchange in which its navy warned off a U.S. surveillance plane. Speaking at a regular daily briefing, Hong reiterated Beijing's insistence on its indisputable sovereignty over the islands it has created by piling sand on top of atolls and reefs. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

    BEIJING (AP) — China said Thursday it is entitled to keep watch over airspace and seas surrounding artificial islands it created in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, following an exchange in which its navy warned off a U.S. surveillance plane. The United States said its aerial patrolling was in accordance with …

  • Still image from United States Navy video purportedly shows Chinese dredging vessels in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands
    U.S. vows to continue patrols after … Reuters - Fri, May 22, 2015

    By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States vowed on Thursday to keep up air and sea patrols in international waters after the Chinese navy repeatedly … More »U.S. vows to continue patrols after …

    Still image from United States Navy video purportedly shows Chinese dredging vessels in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands

    By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States vowed on Thursday to keep up air and sea patrols in international waters after the Chinese navy repeatedly warned a U.S. surveillance plane to leave the airspace over artificial islands China is creating in the disputed South China Sea. The Chinese navy issued …

  • U.S. says South China Sea reclamations … Reuters - Thu, May 21, 2015

    China's land reclamation around reefs in the disputed South China Sea is undermining freedom and stability, and risks provoking tension that could even lead to conflict, … More »U.S. says South China Sea reclamations …

    China's land reclamation around reefs in the disputed South China Sea is undermining freedom and stability, and risks provoking tension that could even lead to conflict, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken told a conference in Jakarta. China claims 90 percent of the South China Sea, which is believed to be rich …

  • U.S., China set for high-stakes rivalry … Reuters - Mon, May 18, 2015

    By Greg Torode HONG KONG (Reuters) - When the U.S. navy sent a littoral combat ship on its first patrol of the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea during … More »U.S., China set for high-stakes rivalry …

    By Greg Torode HONG KONG (Reuters) - When the U.S. navy sent a littoral combat ship on its first patrol of the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea during the past week, it was watching the skies as well. The USS Fort Worth, one of the most modern ships in the U.S. navy, dispatched a reconnaissance drone and …

  • Chinese leader: US-China relations stable
    Chinese leader: US-China relations  … Philippine Star - Mon, May 18, 2015

    China’s relations with the United States remain stable, Chinese President Xi Jinping said yesterday, as he sought to defuse tension over a territorial dispute in the … More »Chinese leader: US-China relations  …

    Chinese leader: US-China relations stable

    China’s relations with the United States remain stable, Chinese President Xi Jinping said yesterday, as he sought to defuse tension over a territorial dispute in the South China Sea that has pitted Washington against Beijing. “I look forward to continuing to develop this relationship with President Obama and to bring China-US …

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 17, 2015
    Xi tells Kerry: Pacific Ocean big enough … AFP News - Mon, May 18, 2015

    China's relationship with the US is "stable" despite tensions in the South China Sea, President Xi Jinping told top American diplomat John Kerry Sunday, adding that the … More »Xi tells Kerry: Pacific Ocean big enough …

    US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 17, 2015

    China's relationship with the US is "stable" despite tensions in the South China Sea, President Xi Jinping told top American diplomat John Kerry Sunday, adding that the Pacific Ocean is "vast enough" for both powers, state media said. Xi met with Kerry in Beijing as tensions between the world's two biggest economies mount …

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hold a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China Sunday, May 17, 2015. China and the United States are budging not a bit over Beijing's assertive development in disputed parts of the South China Sea, with Chinese officials politely but pointedly dismissing Washington's push for U.S.-proposed ways to ease tensions. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)
    Neither China nor US giving ground over … Associated Press - Sun, May 17, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — China and the United States are budging not a bit over Beijing's assertive development in disputed parts of the South China Sea, with Chinese officials … More »Neither China nor US giving ground over …

    Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hold a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China Sunday, May 17, 2015. China and the United States are budging not a bit over Beijing's assertive development in disputed parts of the South China Sea, with Chinese officials politely but pointedly dismissing Washington's push for U.S.-proposed ways to ease tensions. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)

    BEIJING (AP) — China and the United States are budging not a bit over Beijing's assertive development in disputed parts of the South China Sea, with Chinese officials politely but pointedly dismissing Washington's push for U.S.-proposed ways to ease tensions.

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing
    Despite tension, Xi says U.S.-China … Reuters - Sun, May 17, 2015

    By David Brunnstrom BEIJING (Reuters) - China's relations with the United States remain stable, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Sunday, as he sought to defuse  … More »Despite tension, Xi says U.S.-China …

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

    By David Brunnstrom BEIJING (Reuters) - China's relations with the United States remain stable, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Sunday, as he sought to defuse tension over a territorial dispute in the South China Sea that has pitted Washington against Beijing. "I look forward to continuing to develop this relationship …

  • US, China set for high-stakes rivalry
    US, China set for high-stakes rival … Philippine Star - Sun, May 17, 2015

    When the US navy sent a littoral combat ship on its first patrol of the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea during the past week, it was watching the skies … More »US, China set for high-stakes rival …

    US, China set for high-stakes rivalry

    When the US navy sent a littoral combat ship on its first patrol of the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea during the past week, it was watching the skies as well. While the navy didn’t mention China’s rapid land reclamation in the Spratlys, the ship’s actions were a demonstration of US capabilities in the …

  • US, China clash over disputed sea
    US, China clash over disputed sea Philippine Star - Sun, May 17, 2015

    After a private meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi showed no sign of backing down despite Kerry urging China to take action … More »US, China clash over disputed sea

    US, China clash over disputed sea

    After a private meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi showed no sign of backing down despite Kerry urging China to take action to reduce tension in the South China Sea. “With regard to construction on the Nansha islands and reefs, this is fully within the scope of China’s sovereignty,” …

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