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China Plans Tourist Visits to Disputed Islands

Posted April 5th, 2012 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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China says it will allow tourists to visit disputed islands in the South China Sea, a move likely to further inflame tensions over the vast maritime region. Beijing’s plans for the Paracel islands are likely to irritate Vietnam, which also claims the islands as part of its territory. Hanoi issued a statement last week denouncing […]

Vietnam Accuses Chinese troops of Attack on Fishermen

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnam says armed Chinese soldiers forced their way aboard a Vietnamese fishing boat last week in the South China Sea and beat its captain, before forcing the trawler from an area claimed by both countries. Vietnamese news reports quote coast guard officials as saying the encounter occurred July 5 near the contested Paracel Islands, whose […]

Report: China to Boost Maritime Patrol Forces

Posted June 17th, 2011 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media say the country will expand its offshore maritime patrol force within the next decade, as tensions increase between Beijing and its South China Sea neighbors over a set of islands said to hold vast reserves of natural resources. The China Daily newspaper says the China Maritime Surveillance Forces will add 16 aircraft […]

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