Taiwan’s outgoing president Ma Ying-jeou has risked the disapproval of China and the US by flying to a tiny island in disputed waters in the South China Sea. He said he did it to promote peace and assert his nation's sovereignty.
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.
The Philippine president has ordered troops to deploy to the South China Sea to assert the country's regional claims. Duterte's plan is likely to anger China, which claims the majority of the region.
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