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U.S. sails warship near reef in South China Sea (Vietnam's East Sea)

A U.S. navy warship sailed close to a disputed reef in the South China Sea (Vietnam's East Sea) on Tuesday, a U.S. Department of Defense official said, days after China warned criticism of its claims in the crucial waterway would rebound like a coiled spring.

Vietnam hosts arms gathering attended by U.S. companies

Vietnam hosts a defence symposium this week attended by top American arms manufacturers, ahead of a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama and as Washington weighs whether to lift an arms embargo on its former enemy.

China hopes U.S., Vietnam ties benefit regional peace

China is happy to see Vietnam normalizing relations with the United States and hopes it benefits regional peace, China said on Friday as the United States considers lifting a three-decade-old arms embargo on Vietnam.
May 14, 2016 | 10:24 am GMT+7

Philippines detains 25 Chinese fishermen for suspected poaching

Philippine fishing authorities said on Tuesday they had detained 25 Chinese crew of two seized fishing boats on suspicion of poaching, a move that could further strain ties between two countries at odds over maritime sovereignty.
May 17, 2016 | 04:22 pm GMT+7

China says it hopes Vietnam-U.S. ties conducive to peace, stability

China said on Monday it hopes developing ties between the United States and Vietnam will be conducive to regional peace and stability, after the United States ended its embargo on trade in lethal arms with Vietnam.
May 23, 2016 | 02:37 pm GMT+7

U.S.-Vietnam ties should not put Asia stability at risk: China's Xinhua

Improving ties between the United States and Vietnam should not put peace and stability in Asia at risk, China's state news agency said, as U.S. President Barack Obama began his first visit to Vietnam, which hopes Washington will scrap its arms embargo.
May 23, 2016 | 02:45 pm GMT+7

Pentagon says China aircraft intercept violated 2015 agreement

The Pentagon has concluded that an intercept of a U.S. military aircraft by Chinese fighter jets last week over the South China Sea (Vietnam's East Sea) violated an agreement the two governments signed last year, a U.S. defense official said on Thursday.
May 27, 2016 | 10:08 am GMT+7

After sea spat, China pledges deeper defence ties with Indonesia

China wants deeper military ties with Indonesia and will strengthen cooperation on bilateral and multilateral issues, China's defence minister told his Indonesian counterpart, after a recent diplomatic spat in the South China Sea (Vietnam's East Sea).
May 27, 2016 | 10:08 am GMT+7

China eyes turning South China Sea (Vietnam's East Sea) islands into Maldives-style resorts

China aims to turn some of the islands in the disputed South China Sea (Vietnam's East Sea) into Maldives-style resorts catering for weddings with new developments on areas that don't need a military presence, a state-run newspaper quoted a top official on Friday as saying.
May 27, 2016 | 03:17 pm GMT+7

China faces headaches from warming Vietnam-U.S. ties

At a stroke, the U.S. and Vietnam have complicated the strategic outlook for China over the disputed South China Sea (Vietnam's East Sea).
May 27, 2016 | 05:40 pm GMT+7

China protests to Indonesia over seizure of fishing vessel

China said on Monday it had lodged a "stern" protest with Indonesia after the Southeast Asian country's navy seized a Chinese vessel it suspected of fishing illegally in its waters.
May 30, 2016 | 07:00 pm GMT+7

China to "pressure" U.S. on maritime issues

China will "pressure" the United States on maritime issues at talks in Beijing next week because of Chinese concern about an increased U.S. military presence in the disputed South China Sea (Vietnam's East Sea), a major state-run newspaper said on Tuesday.
May 31, 2016 | 07:14 pm GMT+7

China welcomes Manila's offer for maritime dispute talks

China's said on Wednesday it welcomed a proposal by the incoming Philippine government for bilateral talks on the disputed South China Sea (Vietnam's East Sea).
June 01, 2016 | 06:45 pm GMT+7

China tells U.S., don't let allies set South China Sea (Vietnam's East Sea) policy

The United States should not decide its policy on the South China Sea (Vietnam's East Sea) based on what its allies think, and should stick to its promises not to take sides in the dispute, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Thursday ahead of Sino-U.S. security talks.
June 02, 2016 | 11:33 am GMT+7

South China Sea (Vietnam's East Sea) set to dominate Singapore security summit

Roiling tensions in the South China Sea (Vietnam's East Sea) are set to dominate Asia's biggest security summit starting in Singapore on Friday, exposing a deepening rivalry between the United States and China ahead of a landmark legal ruling in the Hague.
June 02, 2016 | 02:25 pm GMT+7
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