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August 20, 2010 | By Joseph A. Bosco
In August 1995 and March 1996, China fired missiles across the Taiwan Strait, closing it to international commerce. On both occasions, President Clinton sent aircraft carriers to deter Chinese escalation, the first time directly through the Taiwan Strait. China condemned this "violation" of its sovereignty (just as it now objects to planned U.S.-South Korea naval exercises in the Yellow Sea) and threatened "a sea of fire" for the next battle group entering the strait. The ships stayed out, China stopped firing missiles, and the crisis dissipated.
July 28, 2010 | By Barbara Demick and John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
China views the military exercises in the Sea of Japan as a threat to its territorial integrity. Beijing's indignation appears calibrated to push back at U.S. dominance in the region. As far as Beijing is concerned, the U.S.-South Korean joint air and sea military exercises that took place this week in the Sea of Japan were a direct threat to China's territorial integrity. For days now, China's state-controlled media have been beating the drums of war with editorials, each more confrontational than the last.
June 5, 2010 | By Julian E. Barnes, Los Angeles Times
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates defended U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, saying Saturday that the weapons transfers are meant to enhance stability in Asia by countering mainland China's military buildup. Gates said in a speech at an annual security conference in Singapore that the arms sales are part of a longstanding U.S. practice. The aid is opposed by Beijing, which this week withheld an invitation sought by Gates for a visit to mainland China while he is traveling in the region.
March 11, 2009 | Don Lee
China blamed the United States on Tuesday for a naval confrontation in the South China Sea over the weekend, contending that an American surveillance vessel was illegally conducting activities in China's special economic zone. The U.S. Defense Department had complained that five Chinese ships surrounded and harassed the Impeccable, a submarine-surveillance ship, in international waters on Sunday.
November 28, 2004
"Naming the Waters" [Letters, Nov. 7] was outrageous. Should the Gulf of Mexico be changed to the Gulf of America? How about the South China Sea, East China Sea, the Gulf of Guinea? Did anyone seek the consent of the countries that border those bodies of water? In fact, let's just rename the Indian Ocean. Andrew Pedersen Tujunga The Travel section welcomes letters. Letters may be edited. Send them to Travel, L.A. Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; fax (213)
November 2, 2002 | From Associated Press
Hoping to avoid armed conflict in the South China Sea, officials of Southeast Asian countries have agreed with China on a pact that paves the way for a binding "code of conduct" for state behavior in contested areas. The initial nonbinding agreement was reached by working groups of the Assn. of Southeast Asian Nations on Friday evening before the organization's annual summit Monday and Tuesday, Cambodia's Foreign Ministry said.
For most Americans, freedom for the crew of a U.S. spy plane marooned in China marked the end of a long, tense diplomatic standoff between Beijing and Washington. For most Chinese, the work is just beginning. That's how the Chinese government Thursday cast the outcome of the 11-day dispute that strained already brittle ties between the world's sole superpower and its foremost rising power.
April 4, 2001 | JONATHAN D. POLLACK, Jonathan D. Pollack is chairman of the Strategic Research Department of the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., where he also directs the college's Asia-Pacific Studies Group. The opinions in this article are his own
The Sunday morning collision between a U.S. EP-3 surveillance aircraft and a Chinese navy fighter jet over the South China Sea continues to roil the Sino-American diplomatic waters, with no evident end in sight. Senior officials posted to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing have now met with the crew of the damaged U.S. aircraft, thereby alleviating mounting concerns about the well-being and safety of U.S. personnel.
February 23, 1999 | TOM PLATE, Times contributing editor Tom Plate teaches at UCLA. E-mail:
It may well be that below the level of secretary of State or Defense the most critical U.S. position for Asia sits not in a stuffy office in Washington but on a windswept hilltop command in Honolulu. There the commander in chief of all U.S. forces in the Pacific has the job of worrying about our security alliances with Japan and South Korea--and about the military capabilities of China and North Korea. For three-plus years this assignment has belonged to Adm. Joseph Prueher.
China's recent construction of "fishermen shelters" in the Spratly Islands off the Philippine coast has heightened regional tensions and raised concerns in Southeast Asia that Beijing is seeking to expand its military influence. The increased Chinese activity in the strategic island chain was detected last month by Philippine reconnaissance planes.
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