Fri, March 20, 2009

China-U.S. naval incident

US destroyers to escort ships in South China Sea

The United States has decided to provide heavily armed destroyers to escort US surveillance ships operating in the South China Sea after a tense naval standoff this week, a US official said on Thursday. Full story

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Sino-US sea standoff appears to have ended

2009-03-20 00:39:38 GMT China Daily The Chinese military is ready to call an end to the standoff with the United States in the South China Sea after diplomatic efforts have reduced tensions, defense sources said on condition of anonymity.

Gates: U.S.-China military ties steadily improving

2009-03-19 15:35:19 GMT Xinhua English WASHINGTON, March 18 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said here on Wednesday the military relationship between the United States and China is steadily improving despite a recent incident between the two sides over an American surveillance ship in the South China Sea.

Fishery patrol ship sent to protect interests

2009-03-16 01:07:53 GMT China Daily China's largest fishery administration ship reached the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea yesterday on a mission to strengthen fishery protection and maritime surveillance after an incident between Chinese vessels and a US navy ship a week ago.

China's top diplomat calls for cooperation with US

2009-03-13 02:20:43 GMT SINA.com WASHINGTON – As a U.S.-China dispute simmered at sea, China's top diplomat called for the two countries to put aside differences that can't be quickly resolved and indicated he had many global issues to discuss with President Barack Obama.

Obama calls for measures to stop China Sea clashes

2009-03-13 02:16:21 GMT SINA.com WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama told China's top diplomat Thursday that both sides must avoid a repeat of their standoff at sea, while the US navy sent in destroyer escorts for its surveillance voyages.

US destroyers to escort ships in South China Sea

2009-03-13 02:10:22 GMT SINA.com WASHINGTON– The United States has decided to provide heavily armed destroyers to escort US surveillance ships operating in the South China Sea after a tense naval standoff this week, a US official said on Thursday.

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Pentagon reaction to row 'inappropriate': Chinese naval officer

2009-03-13 02:55:44 GMT China Daily Naval officers of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) yesterday criticized the Pentagon for what they described as an "inappropriate reaction" after a confrontation between a US spy ship and five Chinese vessels in the South China Sea on Sunday.

Sea confrontation will not affect exchanges

2009-03-12 02:31:21 GMT China Daily Despite the confrontation between a US spy ship and Chinese vessels in the South China Sea on Sunday, the US navy is welcome to join a celebratory parade next month in waters off Qingdao, a naval officer said Wednesday.

SNAP ANALYSIS: Possible fallout from China-U.S. naval standoff

2009-03-10 09:51:30 GMT SINA.com BEIJING -  A confrontation between a U.S. navy ship and Chinese naval vessels off the Chinese island of Hainan has raised tensions between the two sides at a time of global economic crisis. Here are some of the potential consequences.

TIMELINE: U.S.-China military skirmishes, diplomatic friction

2009-03-10 09:47:03 GMT SINA.com China said a U.S. naval vessel was operating illegally off its southern island of Hainan, a Hong Kong television website reported on Tuesday, in the latest spat over U.S. military activities near China's coasts.

FACTBOX: South China Sea's disputed maritime borders

2009-03-10 09:22:45 GMT SINA.com March 10 - China rejected accusations that its vessels had harassed a U.S. naval ship, saying the USNS Impeccable had been carrying out an illegal survey off the southern island of Hainan, a Hong Kong television website said on Tuesday.

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High seas diplomacy

2009-03-12 08:15:01 GMT Reuters Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi arrives at the U.S. State Department for meetings with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.