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Iran says respects navigation freedom, day after ship is seized in Gulf

COPENHAGEN/LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Iran's foreign minister told a New York City audience on Wednesday that Tehran respects freedom of navigation in the Gulf, a day after Iranian patrol boats seized a Danish container ship in one of the world's busiest oil shipping lanes.

Exclusive - U.S. warship sails near disputed islands in South China Sea, officials say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy destroyer carried out a "freedom of navigation" operation on Friday, coming within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials told Reuters, a move likely to anger Beijing.

Defence Secretary says warship bound for South China Sea - media

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A British warship will sail through the South China Sea next month to assert freedom-of-navigation rights, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said in remarks published on Tuesday.

U.S. destroyer challenges China's claims in South China Sea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy destroyer carried out a "freedom of navigation operation" on Thursday, coming within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials told Reuters.

Pentagon weighs sending planes, ships near disputed South China Sea reefs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon is considering sending U.S. military aircraft and ships to assert freedom of navigation around rapidly growing Chinese-made artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.

All for navigational freedom a must

KUALA LUMPUR: All countries involved in the East Asia Summit, including China, have agreed to uphold the freedom of navigation and overflight at the South China Sea.

Australia defends U.S. in latest South China Sea dispute

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia backed the United States on Thursday in its so-called freedom of navigation operation close to a disputed reef in the South China Sea, a patrol China has denounced as an illegal threat to peace.

Chinese general says will never recklessly resort to force in South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will never "recklessly" resort to the use of force in the South China Sea, a senior Chinese general said on Saturday, amid tensions over Beijing's building of islands in the disputed waters.

U.S. navigation moves in South China Sea will continue - Carter

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (Reuters) - The United States will conduct freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea again, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a speech on Saturday, although he gave no timeline for any such actions.

Naval accidents no setback to South China Sea operations, U.S. Pacific Air Chief says

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Recent U.S. naval accidents in the Asia Pacific region will not interrupt "freedom of navigation" movements in the disputed South China Sea, the U.S. Pacific Air Forces commander said on Friday.