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China to Open Disputed Islands to Tourism

Reuters reports that China will soon be allowing tourists to visit disputed islands in the South China Sea: China will this month start allowing tourists to visit the Paracel Islands, one of a group of disputed islets and reefs...

Philippines Wary of Chinese Boats

As the Chinese navy successfully freed a warship in a disputed region in the South China Sea, the Philippines has expressed concern over Chinese ships near the Spratlys. The Voice of America reports:The Philippines is expressing...

Navy Warship Sprung From SCS Reef

The Chinese navy has successfully freed a warship which had run aground on a disputed South China Sea shoal near the Philippines, according to The Associated Press: The warship will sail back to port with minor damage, and no...

Chinese Frigate Runs Aground on Disputed Reef

Xinhua reported on Friday that a PLA Navy frigate had run aground on a reef in disputed waters in the South China Sea: Chinese navy on Friday was conducting rescue mission of a frigate, who ran aground in the waters of...

Pacific Big Enough for All, says China

Amid tensions in the South China Sea and the recent joint US-Philippines military exercises, Chinese ambassador to the Philippines, Ma Keqing, has stated that the region should aim for peace and stability. Ma’s statement seems...

Manila Protests Chinese Ships Presence

After accusing China of intrusion into the Philippine maritime jurisdiction in May 2011, the Philippine government is again accusing China of trespassing into their jurisdiction in the South China Sea. This area is believed to...

China Claims South China Sea Pact with Vietnam

According to China’s Foreign Ministry, China and Vietnam have agreed to peacefully resolve recent tensions over territorial claims in the South China Sea, though Vietnamese officials have yet to comment. From The Wall...

Vietnam Protests Chinese Naval Exercises

Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has protested against Chinese military drills in the South China Sea: Xinhua News Agency (China) on February 25th reported that the 8th Chinese naval escort fleet had on February 24th...

Sinica: China’s Troubled Waters

This weeks Sinica podcast looks at tensions in China’s coastal waters. Listen here: Are Chinese-American maritime relations running aground? The recent sinking of the South Korean corvette the Cheonan, most likely by...

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