China began tourist cruises to the South China Sea on a trial basis in 2013
Indonesia is not embroiled in the rival claims with China over the South China Sea and has instead seen itself as an “honest broker” in disputes between China and the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei.
Beijing swiftly launched a stinging broadside against the G7 — Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US — which it said should not pursue ‘selfish interests’.
Washington and Hanoi have been drawn closer together through their mutual concern at Beijing’s increasing assertiveness in the sea.
“After checking with the relevant authorities what US said is not true,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.
The incident comes a week after China scrambled fighter jets as a US Navy ship sailed close to a disputed reef in the South China Sea.
China has reclaimed more than 3,200 acres of land in the southeastern South China Sea.
The discussion comes at a time of heightened tension between China and the United States
The move could delay the judges’ ruling, now expected within two months, and potentially complicates worsening territorial disputes roiling across the vital trade route.
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Three naval ships of China’s Nanhai Fleet left a naval port in Sanya, Hainan Province yesterday, kicking off an annual combat drill in the South China Sea, east Indian Ocean and West Pacific, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Tensions in the South China Sea – through which one third of the world’s oil passes – have mounted in recent years since China transformed contested reefs into artificial islands capable of supporting military facilities.
China has by far the world’s biggest fish industry, but depleted fishery resources close to China’s shores have made fishing in disputed waters an economic necessity, fishermen and industry executives say.
The bill authorises the Secretary of Defense, in concurrence with the Secretary of State, to provide assistance for the purpose of increasing maritime security and domain awareness for countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Philippines petition challenging China’s claims is being heard by a tribunal established under the UN Convention on Law of the Seas (UNCLOS) which is boycotted by Beijing.