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.
US President Donald Trump has praised his own ability as an arbitrator, offering to mediate in the South China Sea dispute. However, diplomatic skills were not very evident in his latest taunt to North Korea.
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.
Since June, two US destroyers have collided with merchant vessels in North and Southeast Asia. DW talks to marine expert Matthew Williams about maritime safety and regulations, and reasons behind such collisions.
China has seized an unmanned US naval underwater testing vehicle in the South China Sea, leading to a diplomatic confrontation with the US. China continues to expand its sphere of influence in the disputed waters.
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