A satellite image of Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, located about 230km off the Philippines and 650km from the southern Chinese island province of Hainan. The shoal is also claimed by the Philippines and Taiwan.  Photograph:  USGS/Nasa Landsat data/Orbital Horizon/Gallo Images/Getty Images

China has warned the US to steer clear of disputed territory in the South China Sea and vowed “necessary measures” to protect its sovereignty after a(...)

President Rodrigo Duterte: China looks set to benefit from his  anger at the US for its refusal to back his war on drugs, in which there has been  an estimated 3,000 deaths linked to vigilante groups and police actions. Photograph: Dean K/AFP/Getty Images

Registration for firms wishing to accompany Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte’s on his first state visit to China is oversubscribed, with at least(...)

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(...)