China has called on the group of seven industrialized nations to not take sides in territorial disputes. The protest comes after G7 foreign ministers issued a veiled statement taking aim at Beijing's claims to small islands in the South China Sea.
The South China Sea has long been a source of territorial disputes between several Asian countries. DW takes a look at who owns what, and why the contested waterway is so strategically important.
Beijing has voiced "strong dissatisfaction" after a US Navy destroyer sailed past one of its man-made islands in the South China Sea. The US operation comes as President Trump seeks Beijing's help to rein in North Korea.
Beijing has reacted angrily to the passage of a US warship near an island in the South China Sea, calling it "serious political and military provocation." The move could further strain relations between the superpowers.
Marking the 90th anniversary of the People's Liberation Army, China's president has vowed to "defeat all invasions." Xi also pledged to expand an ambitious modernization program of the military.
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