Navy Guided-Missile Destroyer Challenges China In The South China Sea

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The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) transits the South China Sea, April 11, 2017. The destroyer is on a scheduled western Pacific deployment with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of U.S. 3rd Fleet. Picture taken April 11, 2017. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Danny Kelley/Handout via REUTERS

‘Excessive maritime claims’

Trump Sends Navy Destroyer To Challenge China At Sea

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The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain sails in formation during exercise Foal Eagle 2013 in waters west of the Korean peninsula in this March 21, 2013 handout photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy. The Pentagon said on Tuesday that a second U.S. guided-missile destroyer had taken position in the western Pacific on a missile defense mission, as tensions rise over North Korea's threats of war against the United States and its ally, South Korea. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Declan Barnes/Handout

Targeting China’s strategic interests

UK Expected To Send 'Colossal' Aircraft Carriers To Challenge China In The South China Sea

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The British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth prepares for its maiden voyage after leaving its berth, in Rosyth, Scotland, Britain June 26, 2017. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

‘In this part of the world, we see increasing tension, increasing challenges’

China Joins Forces With Russia As Beijing Pursues A Global Navy

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Chinese and Russian naval vessels participate in the Joint Sea-2014 naval drill outside Shanghai on the East China Sea, May 24, 2014. REUTERS/China Daily/File Photo

Chinese navy extends its reach

What's China Want In The South China Sea? These Chinese Naval Officers May Have The Answer

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China's Liaoning aircraft carrier with accompanying fleet conducts a drill in an area of South China Sea, in this undated photo taken December, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

‘Killing the chicken to scare the monkeys’

US Bombers Rip Through Beijing's Extensive South China Sea Claims

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A two-ship of B-1B Lancers assigned to the 28th Bomb Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, release chaff and flares while maneuvering over New Mexico during a training mission Feb. 24, 2010. Dyess celebrates the 25th anniversary of the first B-1B bomber arriving at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald)

Trump administration steps up pressure on Beijing

'Negative Factors' Threaten US-China Ties, Xi Warns Trump

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‘Bromance’ is coming to an end

Trump's Honeymoon With China Is Coming To An End

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago state in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo

Unresolved problems of the past resurface

China Launches New Destroyer As US Admiral Calls Beijing Out In The South China Sea

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FILE PHOTO: China's Liaoning aircraft carrier with accompanying fleet conducts a drill in an area of South China Sea in this undated photo taken December, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

US ‘ready to confront where we must’

China Is On Edge After US Bombers Tear Across South China Sea

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A pair of B-1B Lancer bombers soar over Wyoming in an undated file photo. Staff Sgt. Steve Thurow/U.S. Air Force/Handout via REUTERS/File photo

‘China’s military will resolutely safeguard national sovereignty’

New Pentagon Report Finally Drags China's Secret Sea Weapon Out Of The Shadows

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Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy recruits chant slogan during a parade to mark the end of a semester at a military base of the North Sea Fleet, in Qingdao, Shandong province December 5, 2013. REUTERS/China Daily

‘Let’s acknowledge that it is there’

Pentagon: China Could Deploy Multiple Fighter Regiments To The South China Sea

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An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a Philippine military plane shows land reclamation by China around the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. (Reuters/Ritchie B. Tongo)

Boosting China’s ability to control the region

Pentagon: China Seeks Global Military Buildup With New Bases Overseas

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Chinese troops march during the military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, in Beijing, China, September 3, 2015. REUTERS/Rolex Dela Pena/Pool

‘Project military power at greater distances from China’

Chinese Fighters Intercept US Spy Plane Days After South China Sea Spat

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A Chinese J-11 fighter jet is seen flying near a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon about 215 km (135 miles) east of China's Hainan Island in this U.S. Department of Defense handout photo taken August 19, 2014. China on Saturday called US criticism of an approach by one of its jets to a US Navy patrol plane off the Chinese coast earlier this week "completely groundless" and said its pilot had maintained a safe distance from the US aircraft. Picture taken August 19, 2014. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Handout

‘Unsafe and unprofessional’

China Sent A 'Monster' Ship To Roam The South China Sea

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A still image taken from video shows a Chinese Coast Guard vessel sailing in the South China Sea, about 210 km (130 miles) off shore of Vietnam May 14, 2014. Vietnamese ships were followed by Chinese vessels as they neared China's oil rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea on Wednesday, Vietnam's Coast Guard said. Vietnam has condemned as illegal the operation of a Chinese deepwater drilling rig in what Vietnam says is its territorial water in the South China Sea and has told China's state-run oil company to remove it. China has said the rig was operating completely within its waters. REUTERS/Reuters TV

World’s largest coast guard cutter

US Navy Wants To Challenge China, But The Trump Admin Is Holding It Back

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Guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) operates in the South China Sea as part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) in the South China Sea on October 13, 2016. Picture taken on October 13, 2016. Courtesy Diana Quinlan/U.S. Navy/Handout via REUTERS

Rejecting requests for freedom-of-navigation operations