Japan sees new Chinese actions near disputed isles

While the ships being involved in the dispute are nothing new, the Chinese air force being called out is or hasn’t received much coverage.

TOKYO: Chinese ships entered waters near a group of disputed islands for the first time in three weeks Thursday, prompting a strong protest from Japan, which says China’s air force has also sharply increased its operations in the area. Continue reading

China Sends Second Boat to Standoff with Philippines

The nine-day-old naval standoff between China and the Philippines showed few signs of cooling on Thursday, with Beijing sending a powerful military vessel toward the disputed islands in the South China Sea.

According to Chinese media reports Thursday, officials say the country’s most advanced fishing patrol vessel, the Yuzheng 310, has been sent to protect Chinese fishermen in the region.

The standoff began early last week when Chinese surveillance ships prevented a Philippines warship from arresting several Chinese fishermen near Scarborough Shoal, an area both sides claim as sovereign territory.

Full article: China Sends Second Boat to Standoff with Philippines (Voice of America)