Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping (not pictured) review the guard of honor as they attend a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: Reuters/Thomas Peter

Did China Threaten War Against the Philippines?

“I would insist that [part of the South China Sea] is ours and I will drill oil there,” Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte claimed he told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping during his second official trip to China earlier this month. “[Xi] replied to me, ‘We are friends. We do not want to quarrel with you…We …

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China Becomes First Country to Lift ‘Combustible Ice’ From Ocean Floor

China has managed to successfully mine combustible ice in the South China Sea after nearly two decades of research and exploration. The trial mining site is situated in the Shenhu area of the South China Sea. It is a major breakthrough that may lead to a global energy revolution, according to China’s Minister of Land …

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Arms Race 2.0? US, China Ramp Up Fleets, Blame Each Other

Since US President Donald Trump took office in January, both China and the US have kicked off a massive naval buildup, and both cite fears of the other’s increasing maritime military power as the reason. Are we to see another arms race between the rival powers? According to media reports, China is about to secure a massive …

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Mitigating Risk of US-Beijing Conflict in South China Sea

The foreign-policy issues confronting the United States are vast and complex. They range from terror groups such Islamic State and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to Russia’s attempt at re-exerting its status as a major world power. One issue, competition to control the South China Sea, pits mainland China against its lesser rivals: Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei, …

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Guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) in the South China Sea © Diana Quinlan / U.S. Navy / Handout via Reuters

‘South China Sea is not Caribbean’: Chinese Media Slams ‘Reckless’ US Behavior in Disputed Waters

Washington’s attempts to militarize the South China Sea and “tame the Chinese dragon” would see Beijing deploying weapons systems in the contested area, a state-run newspaper wrote in an op-ed addressed to the US military brass. The article comes on the heels of heightened tensions between the two world powers in the South China Sea, …

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