A former military commander who led forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan says China's claim over large parts of the South China Sea are "outrageous" and urges Australia to take part in joint naval exercises.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop accuses Labor senator Sam Dastyari of putting a $400,000 price tag on his position on the South China Sea, and says Bill Shorten's response "sold out our national interest".
China has equipped its base in the Spratly Islands with 24 hangars, a runway, barracks, weapon emplacements and communication equipment according to an annual Pentagon report.
Beijing has hit back at US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis's criticism of its militarisation of South China Sea islands.
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis says Washington is encouraged by Beijing's efforts to restrain North Korea, but will not accept Beijing's militarisation of islands in the South China Sea.
Veteran US Senator John McCain makes a provocative call to hold massive naval exercises in the South China Sea, saying nations could band together to challenge Beijing's sovereignty over the disputed territory.
China has rebuked the powerful G7 group of nations for issuing a communique expressing concern at developments in the South China Sea.
A US warship carries out a "drill" in the South China Sea to show Beijing it is not entitled to territorial seas around Mischief Reef, US officials say.
A US warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an island claimed by China in the South China Sea on Wednesday, the first such operation since Donald Trump took office.
Manila: China's president warned the Philippines that it would go to war if Manila insisted on enforcing an international arbitration decision rejecting China's claims over disputed areas of the South China Sea, the Philippine president said in a tel
The defence system has been built on Fiery Cross Reef, in the South China Sea, which is administered by Beijing but also claimed by the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan.
South-east Asian nations and China are edging closer to an agreement that aims to lessen tensions over the flashpoint waters of the South China Sea.
Australia should be running an independent foreign policy within the US alliance structure, says Paul Keating.
Powerful crossbench Senator Nick Xenophon has warned China could sink an Australian naval ship to send a message to the United States if tensions escalate in the South China Sea.
Like so many comments made by the firebrand President, it is unclear whether he is joking, stirring patriotic sentiments at home or is, actually, serious.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered troops to live on up to 10 unoccupied islands and reefs in the South China Sea in a dramatic reversal of policy on the flashpoint waters.
China has completed the construction of three military bases on artificial islands in the China Sea, according to a US think tank which monitors activity in the strategically vital region.
Beijing is nearly finished building air bases on artificial islands in the South China Sea and can deploy combat planes and other military hardware there at anytime, a US think tank says.
China's visiting Premier dismisses suggestions his nation is "militarising" the waters of the South China Sea, but has acknowledged defence equipment placed on disputed islands was to help maintain "freedom of navigation".
On his two-day visit to China, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will deal with a host of issues that threaten to derail the world's most important bilateral relationship, including the hotly disputed South China Sea.
Decision signals clear fears even among close US allies about the superpower's commitment to Asia.
The 816ft Izumo helicopter carrier will make stops in Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippinesand Sri Lanka before joining a naval exercise with Indian and US naval vessels in the Indian Ocean in July.
Japan plans to dispatch its largest warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea beginning in May, in its biggest show of naval force in the region since WWII.
Territorial disputes in the South China Sea are cited in a Darwin court as the reason a group of Vietnamese men caught fishing illegally came all the way to Australia to catch sea cucumbers.
Prime Minister treads carefully on South China Sea, Washington's latest immigration measures at regional summit in Jakarta.
The prospect that Australia and Indonesia would jointly patrol the South China Sea near Natuna Islands is slapped down by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who denies reports the Indonesian President had ever suggested it.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says comments made by Indonesian President Joko Widodo before his visit to Australia didn't relate to joint patrols, but rather greater cooperation to ensure freedom of navigation.
Foreign Minister has claimed Joko Widodo never suggested joint patrols and she had been told he was referring to cooperation on freedom of overflight and navigation.
US President Donald Trump has created a more volatile global security situation, which could spell trouble for Australia's energy supplies, experts say.
A modern war on the high seas is intruding into Australia's neighbourhood – the attempt to protect vulnerable fish stocks from the rampant demand of Asia's growing middle class and fishermen forced south by tensions in the South China Sea.
The US has deployed an aircraft carrier strike group to patrol the South China Sea, days after Beijing told Washington not to challenge its supposed ownership of the waterway.
A United States aircraft carrier strike group begins patrols in the South China Sea amid growing tension with Beijing over control of the disputed waterway.
Three points in the Indian Ocean account for 80 per cent of the world's seaborne oil trade and there are increasing concerns about potential militarisation in the area.
There "cannot be conflict" between China and the US over the South China Sea, China's Foreign Minister warns during a press conference with his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop.
China's foreign minister has used a visit to Australia to downplay as "campaign rhetoric" Donald Trump's hardline stances against his country on issues such as the South China Sea, trade and Taiwan.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is poised to use a speech in Los Angeles to call on US President Donald Trump to increase his influence in Asia, while also raising concerns about tensions in the South China Sea.
China uses a US television network interview to send its strongest message yet to Donald Trump that it will not back down on its claims in the South China Sea.
Tillerson's remarks prompted Chinese state media to say the US would need to "wage war" to bar China's access to the islands.
The Philippines has filed a low-key diplomatic protest over reports that China has installed anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapons on seven artificial islands in the flashpoint waters of the South China Sea.
Maritime security and trade have been key themes during Abe's other stops - in Indonesia, the Philippines and Australia.
Prospective US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was told to watch his mouth byChinese government mouthpieces after he told senators he would deny Beijing access to islands in the South China Sea.
Some Chinese analysts say they doubt the US would dare block access to the islands.
A Chinese H-6 strategic bomber flew around the Spratly Islands at the weekend in a new show of force in the contested South China Sea, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.