July 24, 2017: EP-3 Intercept in the East China Sea

On July 24, 2017, two Chinese J-10 fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy EP-3 surveillance plane in international airspace over the East China Sea. A Pentagon spokesperson said the Chinese ...
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July 2, 2017: Triton Island FONOP

On July 2, 2017, the USS Stethem, a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer, sailed within 12 nm of Triton Island, part of the China-controlled Paracel Islands group in the South China ...
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May 24, 2017: USS Dewey Conducts FONOP Near Mischief Reef

On May 24, 2017, the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Dewey sailed within 12 nm of Mischief Reef, a reef occupied by China in the Spratly Islands that is approximately 135 nm west of ...
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December 15, 2016: Chinese Navy Vessel Seizes U.S. Undersea Glider

On December 15, 2016, a Chinese Navy Dalang III-Class submarine rescue vessel seized an undersea drone glider operated by the U.S. Navy in international waters in the South China Sea ...
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October 21, 2016: Triton and Woody Islands Freedom of Navigation Operation

On October 21, 2016, the U.S. Navy conducted a freedom of navigation operation near Triton and Woody Islands, two features controlled by China in the Paracel Islands. The Paracel Islands ...
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July 12, 2016: South China Sea Arbitration

On July 12, 2016, an arbitral tribunal constituted under Annex VII to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea issued a ruling in a case brought by the Philippines in 2013 ...
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May 17, 2016: Chinese Jets Intercept U.S. EP-3E Near Hainan Island

On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, two Chinese J-11 military aircraft intercepted a U.S. reconnaissance plane over international waters in the South China Sea. The U.S. EP-3E Aries ...
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May 10, 2016: Fiery Cross Reef Freedom of Navigation Operation

The U.S. Navy conducted its third freedom of navigation operation within the South China Sea in less than a year on May 10, 2016. Sailing past Fiery Cross Reef--a largely underwater ...
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March 19, 2016: Indonesia – China Confrontation

On March 19, 2016, a confrontation between Chinese fishing vessel Kway Fey 10078 and the Indonesian Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry patrol boat KP HIU 011 sparked an...
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January 30, 2016: Triton Island Freedom of Navigation Operation

On January 30, 2016, the guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur, sailing from its home port at Yokosuka, Japan, navigated within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island...
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January 6, 2016: Taiping Island Vietnamese Fishing Boats Incident

On January 6, 2016, Taiwanese coast guard vessels drove off two Vietnamese fishing boats near Taiping Island in the South China Sea...
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January 2, 2016: China Lands Civilian Aircraft on Fiery Cross Reef

On January 2, 2016, China landed a civilian aircraft on a new tarmac runway on Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands...
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December 26, 2015: Youth Protestors Camp Out at Pagasa Island in the Spratlys

On December 26, 2015, a group of forty-seven Philippine nationals--comprised mostly of students--landed on Pagasa, or Thiti, Island...
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October 27, 2015: Subi Reef Freedom of Navigation Operation

The USS Lassen, a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer, sailed past Subi Reef on Oct. 27, 2015 as part of a freedom of navigation operation. The vessel entered within a 12-nautical-mile radius...
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May 14, 2014: HYSY-981 (CNOOC oil rig) Incident

In early May 2014, China moved the Haiyang Shiyou 981 (HYSY-981), a $1-billion drilling rig operated by the state-owned China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC), to waters 120 nautical miles (nm)...
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March 30, 2014: Philippine Navy Sierra Madre Incident (2)

In 2013, China began to actively oppose the presence of Philippine armed forces at Second Thomas Shoal, a low-tide elevation in the Spratly Islands group. In 1999, the Philippine navy...
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December 5, 2013: USS Cowpens Incident

On December 5, 2013, a U.S. naval vessel sailing near the first Chinese aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, narrowly avoided colliding with a PLA Navy escort. U.S. defense officials...
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May 29, 2013: Philippine Navy Sierra Madre Incident (1)

In 2013, China began to actively oppose the presence of Philippine armed forces at Second Thomas Shoal, a low-tide elevation in the Spratly Islands group. In 1999, the Philippine navy...
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May 8, 2013: Shooting Death of Taiwanese Fisherman

In May 2013, the Philippine Coast Guard fatally shot a Taiwanese fisherman in disputed waters, prompting months of diplomatic tensions between Taipei and Manila....
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March 2013: James Shoal Incident

To assert China's ownership over James Shoal, Beijing dispatched PLA Navy (PLAN) warships to the submerged feature in March 2013. On arriving, PLAN sailors and marines...
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January 30, 2013: Radar Lock-on Incident (Yudachi)

Two separate radar lock-on incidents occurred in January 2013. Signals from a Chinese warship's fire-control systems locked-on to a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) SH-60k helicopter...
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January 24, 2013: Taiwan Activists Sail to Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands

On January 24, 2013, four activists in a fishing boat from Taiwan were greeted near the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands (known as the Diaoyutai Islands in Taiwan) by Japan Coast Guard vessels firing water...
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January 19, 2013: Radar Lock-on Incident (SH-60k helicopter)

Two separate radar lock-on incidents occurred in January 2013. Signals from a Chinese warship's fire-control systems locked-on to a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) SH-60k helicopter...
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December 13, 2012: CMS Aircraft Enters Contested Airspace

On December 13, 2012, a China Maritime Surveillance (CMS) Y-12 plane from the country’s State Oceanic Administration flew into contested airspace over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands...
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September 11, 2012: Chinese Patrol and Japanese Coast Guard Standoff

On September 11, 2012, the Chinese government dispatched six maritime surveillance ships to waters around the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in a show of its...
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April 8, 2012: Scarborough Shoal Standoff

On April 8, 2012, a Philippine surveillance aircraft spotted eight Chinese fishing boats anchored near Scarborough Shoal (Huangyan Island in Chinese/Panatag Shoal in Filipino)...
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June 9, 2011: Oil Exploration Cables Incident (Viking II)

On May 26, 2011, a Vietnamese oil exploration vessel was harassed by Chinese patrol vessels off the southeastern coast of Vietnam, according to a complaint lodged by the Vietnamese...
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May 26, 2011: Oil Exploration Cables Incident (Binh Minh 02)

On May 26, 2011, a Vietnamese oil exploration vessel was harassed by Chinese patrol vessels off the southeastern coast of Vietnam, according to a complaint lodged by the Vietnamese...
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September 7, 2010: Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands Boat Collision

On the morning of September 7, 2010, a Chinese fishing trawler, the Minjinyu 5179, collided with Japan Coast Guard vessels in disputed waters about 12 km northwest of...
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June 11, 2009: USS John McCain Incident

On June 11, 2009, a Chinese submarine ran into a sonar array that was being towed by the USS John McCain, a U.S. Navy destroyer. The incident occurred 144 miles from Subic Bay...
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March 9, 2009: USNS Impeccable Incident

On March 9, 2009, the USNS Impeccable was conducting ocean surveillance activities 75 miles (120km) south of Hainan Island when it encountered five Chinese ships—a naval intelligence-...
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