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South China Sea

US imposes sanctions on Chinese officials, oil giant over South China Sea

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A U.S. pilot conducts a passing exercise in an F/A-18E Super Hornet with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships in the South China Sea.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States announced sanctions on Chinese state-owned enterprise and military officials on Thursday and added Chinese oil giant CNOOC to a blacklist, accusing them using coercion against states with rival claims in the South China Sea.

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