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Chinese fighter jets pulled an 'unsafe' close pass near a US Navy plane over the South China Sea - Business Insider

Chinese fighter jets have once again engaged in "unsafe and unprofessional" behavior around a US Navy plane flying over the contested South China Sea, ABC News reports. The US Navy plane was reportedly a P-3 Orion, which is used for maritime ...and more »

China plans undersea observation system 'for science and national security' - South China Morning Post

China plans to build a massive underwater observation system that will cover the disputed East and South China seas. The 2 billion yuan (US$290 million) seabed observation systems will provide real-time information about the environmental conditions ...and more »

China's defense ministry: US navy patrol not conducive to peace in S.China Sea - ecns

China's Ministry of National Defense spokesman Ren Guoqiang said on Thursday that two Chinese warships warned a U.S. Navy warship to leave after it sailed within 12 nautical miles of Meiji Reef of China's Nansha Islands in the South China Sea. Speaking ...and more »

The real purpose of US Navy 'freedom of navigation operations' around disputed South China Sea islands - South China Morning Post

With days to go before Asian defence officials meet in Singapore for the annual Shangri-La Dialogue, the United States carried out its first South China Sea freedom of navigation operation (fonop) for the year. The guided missile destroyer USS Dewey ...and more »

China Protests as G7 Leaders Call for 'Demilitarization' of East, South China Seas - The Diplomat

Following two days of meetings in Taormina, Italy, on May 26 and 27, the heads of state and government from the Group of Seven (G-7) countries — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel ...and more »

Asia's worry: Having to take sides in US-China strategic rivalry - The Straits Times

From strategic rivalry and safety at sea to mitigating nuclear and terror threats, we look at key issues participants at the Shangri-La Dialogue will discuss. Why do these issues matter, and what can we expect to hear? As China rises, its rivalry with ...and more »

Water Wars: Fighters, Flights, and Perhaps a FONOP - Lawfare (blog)

This week, the United States navy carried out what may be its first Freedom of Navigation Exercises (FONOPs) in the South China Sea since President Trump took office, just a few days after a close encounter between American and Chinese aircraft. On ...and more »

Chinese jets 'intercept US surveillance plane' -

Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plane over the South China Sea on Wednesday, with one coming within 200 yards (180 metres) of the American aircraft, U.S. officials told Reuters. The officials, speaking on condition of ...and more »

China 'strongly dissatisfied' with G7 statement on East, South China Seas - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is “strongly dissatisfied” with the mention of the East and South China Sea issues in a Group of Seven (G7) statement, and the G7 allies should stop making irresponsible remarks, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said. FILE ...and more »

Trump just checked Beijing in the South China Sea for the first time — and it's a risky bet - Business Insider

President Donald Trump has apparently issued his long-awaited first challenge to Beijing's moves in the South China Sea. China said the USS Dewey, a guided-missile destroyer, sailed just a few miles off the coast of the Mischief Reef on Wednesday; the ...and more »