China Sent A 'Monster' Ship To Roam The South China Sea

World | Ryan Pickrell
A still image taken from video shows a Chinese Coast Guard vessel sailing in the South China Sea, about 210 km (130 miles) off shore of Vietnam May 14, 2014. Vietnamese ships were followed by Chinese vessels as they neared China's oil rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea on Wednesday, Vietnam's Coast Guard said. Vietnam has condemned as illegal the operation of a Chinese deepwater drilling rig in what Vietnam says is its territorial water in the South China Sea and has told China's state-run oil company to remove it. China has said the rig was operating completely within its waters. REUTERS/Reuters TV

World’s largest coast guard cutter

US Navy Wants To Challenge China, But The Trump Admin Is Holding It Back

World | Ryan Pickrell
Guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) operates in the South China Sea as part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) in the South China Sea on October 13, 2016. Picture taken on October 13, 2016. Courtesy Diana Quinlan/U.S. Navy/Handout via REUTERS

Rejecting requests for freedom-of-navigation operations

China Is Now Buying Tons Of Oil From The US

Energy | Andrew Follett
A boy who is waiting to greet U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the National Museum makes a face while holding the U.S. and Chinese flags in Beijing May 4, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

‘It makes sense for Beijing to buy up as much oil from as many different sources as possible’

China Ready To Deploy Combat Aircraft and Missiles To Disputed Seas At Any Time

World | Ryan Pickrell
Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army Navy patrol at Woody Island, in the Paracel Archipelago, which is known in China as the Xisha Islands

‘Combat aircraft and mobile missile launchers’

China May Have Big Plans For Its Aircraft Carriers

World | Ryan Pickrell
China's first aircraft carrier, which was renovated from an old aircraft carrier that China bought from Ukraine in 1998, is seen docked at Dalian Port, in Dalian, Liaoning province September 22, 2012. Picture taken September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Six carriers in disputed seas

China Says It Is Not Militarizing Or Attempting To Dominate The South China Sea

World | Ryan Pickrell
China's Liaoning aircraft carrier with accompanying fleet conducts a drill in an area of South China Sea, in this undated photo taken December, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

‘We will never seek dominance’

Mattis Rips Into China Days After Tillerson Calls For Cooperation

World | Ryan Pickrell
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reviews the honour guard before a meeting with Japan's Defense Minister Tomomi Inada at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo, Japan, February 4, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

‘Shredding trust’

Japan's New Helicopter Carrier Will Hunt Chinese Subs

World | Ryan Pickrell
Members of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) attend a handover ceremony for the JMSDF latest Izumo-class helicopter carrier DDH-184 Kaga by Japan Marine United Corporation in Yokohama, Japan, March 22, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

‘Security concerns’

Russian Weapons Sales Could Help China 'Contest U.S. Air Superiority'

World | Ryan Pickrell
An SU-35 military jet performs during the MAKS-2009 international air show in Zhukovsky outside Moscow August 21, 2009. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

‘Significant consequences’

US Ally Says There Is No Stopping China In The South China Sea

World | Ryan Pickrell
Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy recruits chant slogan during a parade to mark the end of a semester at a military base of the North Sea Fleet, in Qingdao, Shandong province December 5, 2013. REUTERS/China Daily

‘I can, but we’ll lose’

With Obama Gone, China Plans To Trample His Red Line In The South China Sea

World | Ryan Pickrell
Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015. U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters/File Photo

Building on Scarborough Shoal

Japan Sends Largest Warship To South China Sea In Biggest Show Of Naval Power Since WWII

World | Ryan Pickrell
Soldiers of Japan's Maritime Self Defense Force stand in front of the country's naval ensign during the handing-over ceremony of the Izumo warship at the Japan United Marine shipyard in Yokohama, south of Tokyo March 25, 2015. Japan's Maritime Self Defense Force on Wednesday took delivery of the biggest Japanese warship since World War Two, the Izumo, a helicopter carrier as big as the Imperial Navy aircraft carriers that battled the United States in the Pacific. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Drilling with the U.S. Navy in contested waters

China's Been Engaging In Suspicious Activities Off The Coast Of A Key US Ally

World | Ryan Pickrell
Chinese Navy submarines and warships take part in an international fleet review to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army Navy in Qingdao, Shandong province, April 23, 2009. REUTERS/Guang Niu/Pool

‘Looking for a place to put submarines’

'We Will Be Here': US Admiral Defies China In Contested Seas

World | Ryan Pickrell
The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) (R) conduct dual aircraft carrier strike group operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific in the Philippine Sea on June 18, 2016. Courtesy Jake Greenberg/U.S. Navy/Handout via REUTERS

Simulated combat and bombing runs

McMaster May Seek A Showdown With China

World | Ryan Pickrell
Newly named National Security Adviser Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster listens as U.S. President Donald Trump makes the announcement at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida U.S. February 20, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Unlikely to give them a pass in the South China Sea

China's Constructing Suspected Missile Silos On Contested Islands

World | Ryan Pickrell
Military vehicles carrying DF-21D ballistic missiles roll to Tiananmen Square during a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, in Beijing, China, September 3, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

‘Steady increases in their capabilities’

China Pushes Back Against Trump's Tough Stance On Disputed Seas

World | Ryan Pickrell
Chinese marine surveillance ship Haijian No. 51 (C) sails near Japan Coast Guard vessels (R and L) and a Japanese fishing boat (front 2nd L) as Uotsuri island, one of the disputed islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, is background, in the East China Sea in this file photo taken by Kyodo on July 1, 2013. REUTERS/Kyodo

‘Stop making wrong remarks’

China's Still Anticipating A Fight In The South China Sea

World | Ryan Pickrell
Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy stand guard in the Spratly Islands, known in China as the Nansha Islands, February 10, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

Continued militarization