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China Protests Illegal Fishing Accusations

China is furiously protesting claims that its distant water fishing fleets are involved in rampant illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in waters as far away as South America. This follows a report by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association ...

Philippines-China Rail Cooperation In Crosshairs as Maritime Tensions Escalate

The Philippines is in a juggling act as tensions with Beijing escalate in the South China Sea but the countries remain engaged in multiple infrastructure projects. The two sides recently updated a Belt and Road deal prioritizing construction of two bridge ...

Philippines Accuses China of ‘Dangerous Manoeuvres’ in South China Sea

The Philippines asked China to cease “dangerous maneuvers and aggressive actions” in the South China Sea, as Beijing controversially brought out a navy ship into the disputed waters and tensions continued to escalate. The incident marks the latest confrontation ...

China May Deploy Navy in Spats With Philippines in South China Sea, Chinese Analysts Say

Weeks of steadily escalating confrontations between the coast guards of China and the Philippines in the South China Sea culminated on Tuesday with Chinese analysts saying Beijing may deploy navy ships in future encounters. China has generally only used its coast ...

Saudi Arabia, China to Hold Joint Naval Exercises This Month

The Chinese and Saudia Arabian navies will conduct a second round of joint naval exercises later this month off the coast of Guangdong in southern China. "This joint training focuses on overseas maritime counter-terrorism operations, conducting exercises on sniper tactics, boat ...

How Chinese Maritime Forces Tried to Blockade a Philippines Re-Supply Mission in the South China Sea

In this image taken by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), seven Chinese vessels, including unmarked "maritime militia" ships, surrounded a pair of PCG ships during a re-supply mission on Friday.

A Primer on the Escalating Tensions in the South China Sea

The South China Sea is one of the world's most strategically vital maritime zones where more than $5 trillion of trade passes through each year -- a whopping 60% of the globe's total maritime commerce. It's also the epicenter of an ...

Chinese Maritime Incursions Prompt Palau President to Call on U.S. for Assistance

Recent breaches of Palau's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) prompted President Surangel Whipps, Jr. to call on the United States to increase the frequency of navy patrols near the small Pacific Island Country's maritime borders. There's been no comment from the Pentagon ...

Map of the Day: Why China’s Economic Clout in the Indian Ocean Will Be Hard to Beat

The Indian Ocean region is home to some of the world’s most important trade routes. It is also rife with choke points and conflict zones that put the region at the center of global geopolitical competition between China, the U.S. and other powers like India.

Maritime Tensions Surge in Western Pacific Amid Drills and Provocations by Some of the World’s Largest Navies

The South Korean Air Force scrambled fighter jets on Tuesday after two squadrons of Russian and Chinese military aircraft entered its air defense zone, the latest incursion across another country's international boundary by rival militaries operating in very close proximity in the Western Pacific.
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