The Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. It  was previously administered by the Philippines before being claimed by China in 2012. Photograph: Adam Dean/The New York Times

Concerns are growing across Asia and in Washington that Beijing is intent on pushing its presence in the energy-rich and disputed South China Sea whil(...)

Chinese paramilitary police officers secure the   entrance of the Philippine embassy in Beijing: The road to the mission was closed off by authorities  although the situation remained  calm. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

Beijing issued a swift and irate response to a ruling by an international tribunal in The Hague in favour of the Philippines on China’s claims over di(...)

What is China doing in the South China Sea? China claims most of the South China Sea as its own, and it has territorial disputes with nearly all its n(...)