The US Navy sent destroyer USS Lassen close to a disputed area in the South China Sea. The US says the move is the first of a number of freedom-of-navigation exercises in one of the world's busiest sea lanes. China called it a provocation.
Negotiations over a code of conduct between China and other nations on the South China Sea planned for March 2018 have not taken place. DW asked Asia expert Bill Hayton if there is a risk to regional stability.
European firms could miss out on China's $900 billion infrastructure initiative, warns a leaked report by EU diplomats. It said the New Silk Road trade corridor has the potential to disadvantage and even divide the bloc.
Beijing is building the infrastructure for fully-functioning air and naval bases on some of disputed islands, according to a US think tank. Satellite images have revealed high-frequency radar and other facilities.
China has successfully tested the world's largest amphibious aircraft. The 37-meter long beast might help China in its controversial South China Sea ambitions.
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