The US has sent a destroyer into disputed waters where China is building artificial islands. China claims the move is a provocation. Neither side seems ready to back down.
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.
Leader Kim Jong-Un has claimed the missile test demonstrated North Korea's ability to strike any target in the United States. China condemned the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test and urged restraint.
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.
China and Russia are signaling to NATO that they are willing to cooperate militarily and deepen diplomatic ties with joint naval maneuvers currently taking place in the Baltic Sea. Experts say China wants a global navy.
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