China’s South Sea fleet taking part in a drill in the Xisha Islands, or the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, in May 2016.  Photograph:   AFP/Getty Images

The Philippines has expressed “serious concern” after Chinese strategic bombers landed on islands and reefs in disputed areas of the South China Sea,(...)

A Chinese Coast Guard vessel manoeuvres to block a Philippine government supply ship with  media aboard at the disputed Second Thomas Shoal, in the Spratly Islands, in the South China Sea. File photograph (from 2014): Erik De Castro/Reuters

Days before an international arbitration court rules on the disputed territory in the South China Sea, the threat of armed conflict hangs over the Asi(...)

A sinking Vietnamese boat that was allegedly rammed by Chinese vessels near disputed Paracel Islands, near a marine guard ship, at Ly Son island, Quang Ngai province, on May 29th. The incident occurred on May 26th, when 40 Chinese fishing boats surrounded a group of Vietnamese vessels that were operating near the Paracel islands. Photograph: Bich Tram/EPA

A largely unpopulated archipelago administered by China but claimed by Vietnam, the Paracel Islands have become the flashpoint in an increasingly agg(...)