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In this photo provided Sunday, March 21, 2021, by the Philippine Coast Guard/National Task Force-West Philippine Sea, some of the 220 Chinese vessels are seen moored at Whitsun Reef, South China Sea on March 7, 2021. The Philippine government expressed concern after spotting more than 200 Chinese fishing vessels it believed were crewed by militias at a reef claimed by both countries in the South China Sea, but it did not immediately lodge a protest. (Philippine Coast Guard/National Task Force-West Philippine Sea via AP)(AP)

Chinese 'militia' swarm has spread in disputed waters: Philippines

Reuters | | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON MAR 31, 2021 02:23 PM IST
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday said Washington stands by its ally, the Philippines, in the face of China's massing maritime militia at Whitsun Reef.
This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows Chinese vessels anchored the Whitsun Reef located in the disputed South China Sea.(via AP)
This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows Chinese vessels anchored the Whitsun Reef located in the disputed South China Sea.(via AP)

Philippines sends fighter aircraft over Chinese vessels in South China Sea

Reuters | | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON MAR 28, 2021 05:40 PM IST
International concern is growing over what the Philippines has described as a "swarming and threatening presence" of more than 200 Chinese vessels.
Some of the 220 Chinese vessels are seen moored at Whitsun Reef, South China Sea on March 7, 2021.(AP)
Some of the 220 Chinese vessels are seen moored at Whitsun Reef, South China Sea on March 7, 2021.(AP)

220 Chinese boats have encroached in South China Sea: Philippines

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 21, 2021 08:09 PM IST
In January, the Philippines protested at a new Chinese law allowing its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels, describing it as a "threat of war".
The drill involved the guided-missile destroyer Yinchuan, guided-missile frigate Hengyang, the amphibious dock landing ship Wuzhishan, and the support ship Chagan Hu. In this photo, guided-missile frigate Hengyang (Hull 568) attached to a destroyer flotilla with the navy under the PLA Southern Theater Command fires chaff rounds from the decoy launching system to deploy electromagnetic smoke during a maritime live-fire training exercise in waters of the South China Sea. (China Military/Li Wei/eng.chinamil.com.cn)
The drill involved the guided-missile destroyer Yinchuan, guided-missile frigate Hengyang, the amphibious dock landing ship Wuzhishan, and the support ship Chagan Hu. In this photo, guided-missile frigate Hengyang (Hull 568) attached to a destroyer flotilla with the navy under the PLA Southern Theater Command fires chaff rounds from the decoy launching system to deploy electromagnetic smoke during a maritime live-fire training exercise in waters of the South China Sea. (China Military/Li Wei/eng.chinamil.com.cn)

China conducts drill in South China sea, US steps up vigil: Report

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 01:19 PM IST
The Chinese military's Southern Theatre Command conducted a live-fire drill to test its response to repeated missile attacks in a "far sea", state broadcaster CCTV reported on Saturday without saying when or where the exercise took place.
Capt Arnaud Tranchant, commanding officer of the Tonnerre, told Naval News that the French navy would "work to strengthen" France's partnership with the US, Japan, India and Australia - Quad.(@florence_parly/Twitter)
Capt Arnaud Tranchant, commanding officer of the Tonnerre, told Naval News that the French navy would "work to strengthen" France's partnership with the US, Japan, India and Australia - Quad.(@florence_parly/Twitter)

France sends assault warships to South China Sea for combined military exercise

ANI |
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2021 02:49 PM IST
The website Naval News reported that the ships would cross the South China Sea twice and take part in a combined exercise with the Japanese and US militaries in May.
The coordinated operations, combining ships and planes of the two strike groups Theodore Roosevelt and Nimitz, were carried out in a highly-trafficked area to demonstrate the US Navy's ability to operate in challenging environments, the US Pacific Fleet said in a statement on Tuesday on the exercises that angered China.(US Department of Defense)
The coordinated operations, combining ships and planes of the two strike groups Theodore Roosevelt and Nimitz, were carried out in a highly-trafficked area to demonstrate the US Navy's ability to operate in challenging environments, the US Pacific Fleet said in a statement on Tuesday on the exercises that angered China.(US Department of Defense)

Xi Jinping was testing Biden admin. The answer is 2 American aircraft carriers

UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2021 09:23 AM IST
  • It is more, a China watcher in New Delhi suggested, underlining that the US used deployment of its strike groups as a show of force to deter adversaries.
The exercise comes days after China condemned the sailing of the destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, near the Chinese-controlled Paracel Islands. In picture - Aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.(AFP)
The exercise comes days after China condemned the sailing of the destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, near the Chinese-controlled Paracel Islands. In picture - Aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.(AFP)

Two US carrier groups conduct exercises in South China Sea

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 02:10 PM IST
The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group and the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group "conducted a multitude of exercises aimed at increasing interoperability between assets as well as command and control capabilities", the US Navy said.
The US State Department urged China to stop pressuring Taiwan and reaffirmed its commitment to the island and desire to deepen ties.(AP File Photo)
The US State Department urged China to stop pressuring Taiwan and reaffirmed its commitment to the island and desire to deepen ties.(AP File Photo)

Taiwan reports large incursion by Chinese air force

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 03:19 PM IST
A map provided by Taiwan's defence ministry showed that the Chinese aircraft, including a Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft, flew over the same waters where the most recent Chinese missions have been taking place. Taiwan's air force warned away the Chinese aircraft and deployed missiles to monitor them.
INS Kiltan arrived at Nha Rong port under Mission Sagar-III, part of India’s humanitarian and disaster relief assistance to friendly foreign countries during the Covid-19 pandemic.(TWITTER.)
INS Kiltan arrived at Nha Rong port under Mission Sagar-III, part of India’s humanitarian and disaster relief assistance to friendly foreign countries during the Covid-19 pandemic.(TWITTER.)

India sends warship to deliver aid to Vietnam, conduct exercise in South China Sea

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 10:03 PM IST
The visit by the corvette INS Kiltan is also aimed at enhancing maritime cooperation between the two navies and contributing to regional security and stability. On its departure from Ho Chi Minh City, the warship will undertake a “passing exercise” with the Vietnam People’s Navy in South China Sea during December 26-27.
In this January 17, 2019, file photo, Chinese People's Liberation Navy sailors stand in formation on the deck of a type 054A guided missile frigate Wuhu as it docks at Manila's South Harbour for a four-day port call in Manila, Philippines.(AP/ FILE)
In this January 17, 2019, file photo, Chinese People's Liberation Navy sailors stand in formation on the deck of a type 054A guided missile frigate Wuhu as it docks at Manila's South Harbour for a four-day port call in Manila, Philippines.(AP/ FILE)

America denies China expelled US Navy warship near Spratly Islands

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 04:39 PM IST
Beijing said on Tuesday the PLA’s southern theatre command deployed ships and aircraft to warn American destroyer USS John S. McCain as it sailed through disputed waters of the South China Sea
The virtual meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, will cap a string of high-level exchanges between the two sides this year.(PTI)
The virtual meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, will cap a string of high-level exchanges between the two sides this year.(PTI)

Defence, energy, development in focus in key India-Vietnam summit on Monday

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Rezaul H laskar
PUBLISHED ON DEC 20, 2020 05:19 PM IST
The two nations will discuss bilateral, regional and global issues and are expected to issue a “joint vision” to guide the development of the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership
The tactical formation of the US Navy will focus on the Indian and Pacific Oceans and work with partners such as India and Singapore to cope with potential contingencies,.(REUTERS)
The tactical formation of the US Navy will focus on the Indian and Pacific Oceans and work with partners such as India and Singapore to cope with potential contingencies,.(REUTERS)

US Navy plans to revive formation focused on Indian and Pacific oceans

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 12:18 AM IST
The move assumes significance because of the current focus on China’s assertive actions across the Indo-Pacific, especially the South China Sea.
External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar speaking at the East Asia Summit on Saturday.(ANI)
External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar speaking at the East Asia Summit on Saturday.(ANI)

India concerned over situation in South China Sea that ‘erode trust’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2020 08:44 PM IST
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar outlined India’s position on the South China Sea and expressed concern about actions and incidents in the South China Sea that “erode trust”.
PM Modi called for strengthening convergence between India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative and Asean’s outlook on Indo-Pacific to “ensure a free, open, inclusive and rules-based” region.(PTI)
PM Modi called for strengthening convergence between India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative and Asean’s outlook on Indo-Pacific to “ensure a free, open, inclusive and rules-based” region.(PTI)

PM Modi underlines centrality of Asean in India’s Act East policy

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 11:38 PM IST
The situation in the South China Sea, where China is engaged in disputes with several Asean members, and all regional issues of concern figured in the discussions during the Asean-India Summit that was co-chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
Hong Kong riot police fired tear gas and water cannons on September 15 at hardcore pro-democracy protesters hurling rocks and petrol bombs, in a return to the political chaos plaguing the city(AFP)
Hong Kong riot police fired tear gas and water cannons on September 15 at hardcore pro-democracy protesters hurling rocks and petrol bombs, in a return to the political chaos plaguing the city(AFP)

China’s shaky victory at United Nations elections reveals its great fall | Analysis

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2020 10:07 PM IST
China received the lowest votes among the 15 countries elected to the UN human rights council, an outcome of its human rights record and a fallout of President Xi Jinping’s belligerent diplomacy
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force training ships JS Kashima and JS Shimayuki conduct a passing exercise (PASSEX) with Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the South China Sea in this picture from July.(via REUTERS)
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force training ships JS Kashima and JS Shimayuki conduct a passing exercise (PASSEX) with Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the South China Sea in this picture from July.(via REUTERS)

Japan begins anti-submarine exercise in South China Sea with three vessels

Tokyo/Beijing | By Reuters | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2020 10:04 AM IST
Nearly all of the energy-rich waters of the South China Sea are claimed by China, which has established military outposts on artificial islands in the area.
The Liaoning aircraft carrier is accompanied by navy frigates and submarines conducting an exercises in the South China Sea in April 2018.(AP File Photo/Representative Image)
The Liaoning aircraft carrier is accompanied by navy frigates and submarines conducting an exercises in the South China Sea in April 2018.(AP File Photo/Representative Image)

China holds simultaneous military drills in four seas, again

Beijing | By Reuters | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2020 05:11 AM IST
In a bid to train a combat-ready military force, China holds military drills periodically, but rarely do multiple exercises happen at the same time.
Army vehicles move along the Manali- Leh highway in Kullu on Sunday.
Army vehicles move along the Manali- Leh highway in Kullu on Sunday.

PLA mobilises theatre commands

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2020 12:15 AM IST
While India is engaging China through both military and diplomatic channels for resolve the current stalemate, the military commanders are prepared for the worst on all the borders and the sea.
White House(Reuters)
White House(Reuters)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Ricin found in White House originated in Canada, say police and all the latest news

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2020 12:57 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
According to a report in Nikkei Asian Review, PLA has mobilised its Southern Theatre Command, which oversees the South China Sea, Northern Theatre Command, which overseas Korean Peninsula, and Eastern Theatre Command, which oversees arch-rivals Japan and Taiwan.
According to a report in Nikkei Asian Review, PLA has mobilised its Southern Theatre Command, which oversees the South China Sea, Northern Theatre Command, which overseas Korean Peninsula, and Eastern Theatre Command, which oversees arch-rivals Japan and Taiwan.

PLA opens three fronts in South China Sea to distract the world from Ladakh

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2020 02:58 PM IST
While both India and China have still to finalise the dates of military commanders’ meeting with each asking for postponement once, PLA is continuing to build-up along the 1,597-km Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the western sector.
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping stands on a military jeep as he inspects troops of the People's Liberation Army during a military parade.(AP)
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping stands on a military jeep as he inspects troops of the People's Liberation Army during a military parade.(AP)

PLA’s actions aimed to test India’s mettle

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2020 10:25 AM IST
The PLA’s main enemy in the South China Sea is a competing superpower, the US, which is backing Taiwan, even as members of the Association of South-East Asian Nations look the other way.
German foreign minister Heiko Maas said latent conflicts in the Indo-Pacific region would have global repercussions.(TWITTER/@HeikoMaas.)
German foreign minister Heiko Maas said latent conflicts in the Indo-Pacific region would have global repercussions.(TWITTER/@HeikoMaas.)

Germany adopts Indo-Pacific policy, foreign minister Heiko Maas warns of ‘latent conflicts’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2020 10:35 PM IST
The policy guidelines, with the theme “Germany-Europe-Asia: Shaping the 21st century together”, were adopted by the cabinet since the shifting geopolitical power structures in the Indo-Pacific have direct impacts on Germany, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76, front) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68, rear) Carrier Strike Groups sail together in formation, in the South China Sea.(AP)
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76, front) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68, rear) Carrier Strike Groups sail together in formation, in the South China Sea.(AP)

US to provide military assistance if China attacks in South China Sea: Philippines

Manila, Philippines | By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2020 11:35 PM IST
Since 1951, the US and the Philippines have had a Mutual Defence Treaty that commits them to support each other in the event if either is attacked.
These are first SCS-centric curbs announced by the Trump administration after a recent shift in policy from indifference to a full-fledged embrace of an international tribunal’s 2016 order rejecting all of China’s claims in the South China Sea. (Image used for representation).(AFP PHOTO.)
These are first SCS-centric curbs announced by the Trump administration after a recent shift in policy from indifference to a full-fledged embrace of an international tribunal’s 2016 order rejecting all of China’s claims in the South China Sea. (Image used for representation).(AFP PHOTO.)

US sanctions Chinese individuals, firms over disputed South China Sea outposts

Hindustan Times, Washington | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2020 12:15 AM IST
The department of commerce announced it was adding 24 Chinese companies to the Entity List, which pose a threat to the national security of the United States and therefore subjected to trade restrictions.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during the largely virtual 2020 Republican National Convention.(Reuters File Photo)
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during the largely virtual 2020 Republican National Convention.(Reuters File Photo)

US blacklists 24 Chinese firms, individuals for South China Sea work

Washington | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2020 07:02 PM IST
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the announcement to blacklists 24 Chinese firms, individuals for South China Sea work through a statement.
File photo of US U-2 high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft. (Photo @CrecyAir)
File photo of US U-2 high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft. (Photo @CrecyAir)

US spy planes fly into China airspace during drills for 2nd day in a row

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2020 09:26 PM IST
Both the Chinese foreign and defence ministries have lashed out at the US for sending spy planes into mainland airspace during military drills; the foreign ministry has lodged a formal protest.
The Kra Canal that will slice through Thailand is expected to alter the strategic calculus in the region and has nudged India to upgrade its infrastructure in its island(Carrier Strike Group 11)
The Kra Canal that will slice through Thailand is expected to alter the strategic calculus in the region and has nudged India to upgrade its infrastructure in its island(Carrier Strike Group 11)

India’s answer to China-backed Thai Canal plan is a huge military upgrade in islands

Hindustan Times, New Dellhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2020 09:08 AM IST
China will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the Thai Canal project, aka Kra Canal, thalt will give Beijing an alternative route to the congested Malacca Strait
Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh will chair the commanders’ conference.(HT Photo)
Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh will chair the commanders’ conference.(HT Photo)

Top navy officials set for 3-day conference amid border row with China

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2020 04:43 AM IST
The navy has stepped up surveillance and activities in the IOR, which, it believes, China will inevitably try to enter in its quest to become a global power.
This aerial file photo shows a Chinese Navy formation, including the aircraft carrier Liaoning (C), during military drills in the South China Sea. -(AFP File)
This aerial file photo shows a Chinese Navy formation, including the aircraft carrier Liaoning (C), during military drills in the South China Sea. -(AFP File)

News updates from Hindustan Times: China, Australia envoys to India spar over Beijing’s action in South China Sea and all the latest news

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2020 08:58 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter launches during flight operations aboard the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the South China Sea.(via REUTERS)
An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter launches during flight operations aboard the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the South China Sea.(via REUTERS)

China-Australia envoys spar on Twitter over Beijing’s action in South China Sea

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2020 08:31 PM IST
Sun Weidong, the Chinese envoy, objected to remarks made by the Australian high commissioner, Barry O’Farrell, regarding the situation in the South China Sea by saying in a tweet that they were made “disregarding facts”.
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