Regional spats increase

Clashes in the South and East China Seas have escalated significantly over the past two years, with Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam accusing Beijing of upsetting regional stability by aggressively claiming disputed territories and waters

China unveils world’s largest seaplane

Beijing furthers strategic reach with 4,500km-range amphibious aircraft

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Global disorder: from Trump to China

The belligerence of domestic politics is spilling on to the world stage

China hits at US over Hague sea tribunal

Washington accused of using legal process to humiliate Beijing

Beijing censors South China Sea protest

Efforts to head off domestic pressure to force China’s hand

South China Sea: Building up trouble

Enforcing an international court decision could set Beijing and the US on a dangerous path in a tense region

Duterte calls for calm after sea ruling

Region struggles with Philippines' win in China maritime dispute

China struggles to influence neighbours

Beijing’s territorial dispute further erodes relationship with Asean members

Beijing warns neighbours after sea ruling

China to ‘take all necessary measures’ to protect its interests

Tribunal rules against China sea claims

US calls on Beijing and others to renew diplomatic efforts

UN ruling raises risks for US and China

Obama administration looks to cool tempers in the South China Sea

Asian nations hail South China Sea ruling

Beijing urged to accept UN tribunal’s verdict to ease regional tensions

Test for Beijing over the South China Sea

West must press China to reaffirm its fealty to international law

Timeline: South China Sea dispute

Longstanding tensions have been marked by sporadic confrontation

Beijing works to blunt sea ruling impact

China offers Philippines inducements to ‘set aside’ decision

UN tribunal rules for Philippines in South China Sea dispute

Decision could hurt China’s assertions that its presence is justified

Obama forced Xi backdown in South China Sea

Leaders worry about growing risk of confrontation

Beijing may harden resolve in seas dispute

The UN ruling could result in a robust response from government

China: risk on the high seas

More geopolitical turbulence could be in the offing, this time in the east

South China Sea ruling: what is at stake?

Case brought by the Philippines challenges some of Beijing’s maritime claims

Japan and China come close to dogfight

Each side disputes other’s claims over incident in East China Sea

‘The Pivot’, by Kurt Campbell

America needs to engage more closely with Asia, argues a US diplomat — but how will this look to China? Review by James Crabtree

East China Sea naval mystery spooks Japan

Tokyo left guessing on simultaneous Chinese and Russian incursions

S China Sea cruises tap patriot tourism

Planned line to disputed isles only accepts Chinese passengers with no history of subversion

China and Indonesia in maritime clash

Spat comes as ruling looms on Hague case over Beijing’s claims

China like a bully in South China Sea row

But US must ratify international rules if it is to exert pressure