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A still from the movie "Abominable" showing a map including China's nine-dash line claim over the South China Sea.

Vietnam pulled Dreamworks’ ‘Abominable’ movie because it used a map staking China’s claim over the disputed South China Sea

Vietnam and China have overlapping claims to the South China Sea. People noted that "Abominable" showed China's claim, known as the "nine-dash line."
A US Navy image purportedly showing Chinese dredging vessels in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

China is deploying drones to spy on the South China Sea like never before

China is fielding a new far-reaching, drone surveillance network that will give China and improved ability to spy on the South China Sea.
Sailors stand guard at Ream Naval Base in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, July 26, 2019.

Reports of a secret base deal are raising fears that Beijing is boxing in the South China Sea

Reports of a deal between China and Cambodia over a naval base have stoked concerns about Beijing's ambitions in the South China Sea and Indian Ocean.
The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) transits the Pacific Ocean with ships assigned to Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 combined task force as part of a photo exercise north of Hawaii.

Philippines’ president calls on US defense pact to back him in a naval fight with Beijing in the South China Sea

The Philippines' firebrand president called on the US to send warships to defend the island nation after a China vessel sank a fishing boat.
USS William P. Lawrence

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.