Spratly Islands


Chinese state media says U.S. risks "large-scale war" if it blocks access to disputed islands

Nick Miriello

The VICE Morning Bulletin

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VICE Staff

China Is Reportedly Training a 'Maritime Militia' to Patrol the Disputed South China Sea

The training includes lessons on "safeguarding Chinese sovereignty," search and rescue operations, and dealing with disasters — or foreign ships — at sea.
Tess Owen
asia & pacific

The US Has Angered China by Sailing Close to Mischief Reef

China said it monitored, followed, and warned the USS Lassen as it "illegally" entered waters near islands and reefs in the South China Sea without Beijing's permission.
Reuters News Agency
asia & pacific

'The US Will Fly, Sail, and Operate Wherever International Law Allows': Tensions Rise in the South China Sea

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter has sent out a strong message to Beijing, as Taiwan today announced it will increase its coast guard presence on a small island in the South China Sea Spratlys.
Reuters News Agency
defense & security

Chinese President Reasserts Astroturf Sovereignty Claims in South China Sea

China's artificial islands in the South China Sea are about more than military airstrips — the country is trying to artificially create a legal claim to territorial sovereignty.
Jacquelyn Bengfort
asia & pacific

With a Few Words, Japan Escalates Its Standoff With China in the South China Sea

In the wake of China's decision to build the foundations of a military base in the contested South China Sea, Japan is telling its neighbor to back off.
Jennifer Peters
defense & security

'Hull Envy': The Looming Crisis of the US Coast Guard

America needs and relies on the seas, but not every problem is a nail to be hit by the Navy's hammer. That's where the US Coast Guard comes in — and it's just about out of ships, money, and time.
Justin Rohrlich
asia & pacific

Foreigners Are Fleeing as Vietnam Violently Riots Against China

Estimates of participants were as high as 20,000, making these riots the biggest and most violent Vietnam has experienced in years.
Olivia Becker
South China Sea

China's Massive Tiny Land Grab Continues

China recently stepped up its bullying of the Philippines for control of minuscule but resource-rich islands in the South China Sea.
Ryan Faith