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Firebrand Philippine president pushes the US to send the entire 7th Fleet into the South China Sea

Duterte said if the US wants China out of the South China Sea, it better be prepared to go all in and send the entire 7th Fleet into the waterway.

China has reportedly been practicing sinking ships with missiles in the South China Sea

China is improving its ability to hold ships at risk in the disputed South China Sea, a challenge for a US Navy that is very active in the region.
US Navy destroyers.

It looks like the US has been quietly lowering the threshold for conflict in the South China Sea

The US told the Philippines that attacks by China's paramilitary fishing fleet could trigger US defense obligations to their ally.
The Philippines has accused China of ramming a Philippine fishing vessel, sinking it, and then abandoning the crew to drown in open waters. Vietnam, another South China Sea claimant state, has had similar problems with Chinese vessels, as can be seen in this photo.

A US ally is furious and demanding answers from China after a ‘hit and run’ in the South China Sea

A Chinese ship is accused of ramming a Philippine fishing vessel, sinking it, and then sailing off, leaving the Filipino crew stranded in open water.

‘What’s there to spy in Malaysia?’ Mahathir asks, adding the country will use Huawei’s tech ‘as much as possible’

"If any country wants to invade Malaysia, they can walk through and we will not resist because it's a waste of time,"
The Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Canberra in Sri Lanka in March 2019.

Australian navy helicopter pilots were reportedly targeted with laser beams from fishing boats in South China Sea

The Australian Royal Navy conducted its Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 exercise in the South China Sea. An analyst joined the HMAS Canberra.
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Preble (DDG 88), USS Halsey (DDG 97) and USS Sampson (DDG 102) are underway behind the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)

US warship challenges China with second South China Sea sail-by operation this month

The US conducts these operations regularly, and it drives Beijing crazy. On Monday, China firmly demanded the US "stop such provocative actions."
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Halsey (DDG 97) and USS Preble (DDG 88) sail behind the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) as escorts in the South China Sea, March 24, 2018.

2 US destroyers just challenged China with a South China Sea sail-by, and Beijing is not happy about it

The US Navy keeps checking China in areas like the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea, and it's clearly got Beijing on edge.
People's Liberation Army (PLA) amphibious assault vehicles rumble pass Tiananmen Square in a massive parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in Beijing

China built a stealth amphibious assault drone for island warfare, and it could be headed to the South China Sea

The vehicle can lurk dormant for months before springing into action when activated remotely, potentially making it ideal for surprise attacks.
The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) transits the waters of the South China Sea.

US Marines turned a warship into an F-35 ‘Lightning carrier’ in a test to boost US power

A "Lightning carrier" could boost the firepower of the Navy's carrier force or free up the "supercarriers" to keep China and Russia in their sights.