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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 »

Dewey Freedom of Navigation Operation Challenges China's Sovereignty to Mischief Reef - Lawfare (blog)

Reuters reports that on May 24 the guided missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) transited within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef, a feature in the South China Sea occupied by China. China made “stern representations” to the United States, and later ...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 »

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 '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 »

Official: Pair of Chinese Fighters Unsafely Intercept US Navy Aircraft Over South China Sea - USNI News

Two Chinese fighters unsafely intercepted a U.S. Navy P-3C Orion anti-submarine warfare aircraft over the South China Sea this week, a U.S. defense official told USNI News on Friday. The P-3C was flying about 150 miles southeast of Hainan Island on ...and more »

Beijing curbs exports of big island-building diggers - South China Morning Post

Beijing has restricted the export of big dredgers which it has used to build artificial islands in the South China Sea, citing national security concerns. In a notice dated on Thursday, the Ministry of Commerce said that from June 1 all export deals ...and more »

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

Xinhuanet 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 »

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

US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr. 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 ...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 »