Abe has in the past been critical of China's assertiveness in the South China Sea
, through which much of Japan and South Korea's trade and energy supplies pass.
It is indicative of its calm approach to the crisis that the United States waited so long before sending a warship this week to pass through the international waters in that area of the South China Sea
to remind China that international maritime law permits all nations to exercise their rights to freedom of navigation.
China s defense minister said on Friday he was willing to hold joint drills in the disputed South China Sea
with Southeast Asian countries to prevent accidental encounters and for the effective conduct of search and rescue operations.
Navy is reportedly preparing to conduct "freedom of navigation" operations, sending warships within 12 nautical miles of Chinese islands in the South China Sea
There are islands in the South China Sea
that nations use for observation.
The South China Sea
has rocketed into the headlines in recent years spawning a cottage industry of instant experts proffering alarmist commentary and provocatively titled volumes.
TEHRAN (FNA)- China on Friday rebuked a US navy officer over his suggestions that the Southeast Asian nations should jointly build a maritime force to patrol areas of contested sovereignty in the South China Sea
and that his fleet would provide support.
CHINA on Wednesday warned India and the United States against interfering in the South China Sea
The United States will monitor the South China Sea
to see whether "de-escalatory steps" are being taken, a U.
London, June 1 ( ANI ): The United States has accused China of 'destabilising' Asian region over the South China Sea
The Philippines launched a tender for exploration rights in 11 oil and gas blocks, including one in a disputed area of the South China Sea
that is likely to fuel further tension with China.
Talks during the visit will focus on regional tensions over disputed islands in the South China Sea
and the East China Sea