Updates from the South China Sea: Philippine vessel rammed, Chinese fighters deployed and Code of Conduct making “good progress.”
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U.S. and China exchange criticism over the South China Sea at Shangri-La Dialogue, U.S. to sell surveillance drones to four allies and Japan to purchase F-35s.
The U.S. and partners conduct repeated exercises in the South China Sea, the Philippines high court demands that Rodrigo Duterte protect Philippine reef claims and Singapore hosts the Asia-Pacific’s largest maritime defense conference.
Chronic tensions flare in the South China Sea, the Chinese Navy hosts a parade and a Chinese captain presents his fix to FONOPs.
The Duterte administration takes a stand on Thitu, China announces an “island city” and the U.S. pushes multiple initiatives to expand its Pacific military presence.
Chinese maritime militias are spotted off the coast of the Philippines’s Thitu Island, and Pompeo assures the Philippines of the U.S.’s military commitment to defend Philippine assets in the South China Sea.
China announces the opening of a new rescue facility in the South China Sea, while India and France increase naval cooperation and the internet tries to decipher the significance of a new naval weapon.
Japan is taking steps to modernize its military in the face of an increasingly unpredictable security environment.
Nations throughout the Pacific are signing deals, but the U.S. and China continue to clash at APEC and elsewhere.
Water Wars: Pence Accuses China of Domestic Interference and Warships Have Close-Call in South China Sea
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