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China prepares for showdown, to close part of South China Sea for military exercise

China prepares for showdown, to close part of South China Sea for military exercise

The announcement came in the middle of a three-day visit to China by the US Navy's top admiral to discuss the South China Sea dispute .

Taiwan gives tour of disputed island in bid to boost claim

Taiwan on Wednesday gave its first ever international press tour of a disputed island in the South China Sea to boost its claim, less than two months after a visit by its leader sparked protests from rival claimants.

Vietnam warns China over air safety threat

Vietnam's civil aviation authority has accused Beijing of threatening regional air safety by conducting unannounced flights through its airspace to a disputed reef in the South China Sea, state media said on Saturday.