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Tensions are rising in the South China Sea, and a US ally there has already drawn ‘red lines’ with China

China's expansive claims over the South China Sea have frequently brought it into conflict with neighbors in the area, and a tiny group of rocks near the northern Philippines could quickly become a flash point for the region.
A US Navy soldier stands aboard the USS Higgins destroyer.

China’s navy ‘warned off’ US warships that sailed through disputed South China Sea

China's military says it took "immediate action" against "unauthorized" US ships sailing in its waters in the South China Sea. The move comes at a sensitive time, as the US disinvited China from an international military exercise, and the two countries continue to spar over trade and foreign policy.
Chinese built structures on the Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly islands strategically located in the South China Sea, taken 06 November 2003.

China grew its infrastructure and radar systems across 72 acres in the South China Sea this year

China has been quietly building up its infrastructure on disputed islands in the South China Sea despite international condemnation.

China and Vietnam agree to ‘maintain peace and stability’ in disputed South China Sea

China and Vietnam released a joint statement on Monday, saying the two countries "unanimously" agreed to "maintain peace and stability" in the South China Sea.

Filipinos trust Rodrigo Duterte — even if they don’t like many of his policies

The Philippine public overwhelmingly trusts Rodrigo Duterte, but differences over some of his policies suggest there are potential fault lines.

China and the Philippines have turned the corner on one of their biggest disputes, but the path ahead is unclear

The stakes of Rodrigo Duterte's foreign policy are getting higher, even as the direction of that policy remains unclear.

The Philippines’ president announced his ‘separation’ from the US with an impression of ‘loud … rowdy’ Americans

The Philippine president again issued stern rebukes toward Americans, this time denigrating their manner of speaking.

The Philippines’ president is headed to China with high hopes, but he may be in for a rough landing

Rodrigo Duterte is going to Beijing to discuss regional issues, but in cutting deals he risks wounding his own standing at home and abroad.