China has been stepping up its engagement with South Pacific island nations. It is necessary to monitor China's moves as it looks to win over smaller countries to its side through economic assistance with no concern of how its actions are perceived, turning them into its footholds.
The United States on Monday warned China not to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to exert itself in the South China Sea after Vietnam said Beijing sank a trawler.
Indonesia will mobilize fishermen to join warships in the South China Sea to help defend against Chinese vessels, the government said on Monday, as the biggest stand-off with China for years escalated off South-east Asia's largest country.
Australia formally signed a US$50 billion contract with France to build 12 states of the art submarines on Monday, a signal of the country's willingness to project power across the Pacific.
Vietnam has ordered a Spanish private company conducting a gas-drilling expedition in a disputed area of the South China Sea to cease operations following military threats from China, according to reports.
US President Donald Trump has climbed down on past threats and agreed to honour the so-called One China policy. He backed the long-standing agreement during a call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the White House said. The One China policy states that there is only one Chinese government.
United States President Obama hosted Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for a private dinner Thursday as they and their aides prepared for meetings designed to deal with cyber security and a new agreement to cooperate on combating climate change.
The state-run China Daily has said that India's plans to conduct oil exploration off Vietnam coast in the South China Sea is illegal and is an unwise move that may sabotage” positive momentum in ties.
China unveiled plans to build more aircraft carriers after commissioning its first last year, as the country extends its influence amid territorial disputes with neighbours including Japan and Vietnam. China already has the world’s second-biggest military budget after the US.
China's new President Xi Jinping will fight for a great renaissance of the Chinese nation, he said Sunday as the world's most populous country completed its once-in-a-decade power transition.