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The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Preble (DDG 88), USS Halsey (DDG 97) and USS Sampson (DDG 102) are underway behind the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)

US warship challenges China with second South China Sea sail-by operation this month

The US conducts these operations regularly, and it drives Beijing crazy. On Monday, China firmly demanded the US "stop such provocative actions."
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Halsey (DDG 97) and USS Preble (DDG 88) sail behind the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) as escorts in the South China Sea, March 24, 2018.

2 US destroyers just challenged China with a South China Sea sail-by, and Beijing is not happy about it

The US Navy keeps checking China in areas like the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea, and it's clearly got Beijing on edge.
People's Liberation Army (PLA) amphibious assault vehicles rumble pass Tiananmen Square in a massive parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in Beijing

China built a stealth amphibious assault drone for island warfare, and it could be headed to the South China Sea

The vehicle can lurk dormant for months before springing into action when activated remotely, potentially making it ideal for surprise attacks.
The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) transits the waters of the South China Sea.

US Marines turned a warship into an F-35 ‘Lightning carrier’ in a test to boost US power

A "Lightning carrier" could boost the firepower of the Navy's carrier force or free up the "supercarriers" to keep China and Russia in their sights.
US Marine rifleman Lance Cpl. Hunter Bell during a live-fire range at Colonel Ernesto Ravina Air Base in the Philippines, April 6, 2019.

US troops are training with a key ally to repel an island invasion as a possible South China Sea fight looms

"If they were to have any small islands taken over by a foreign military, this is definitely a dress rehearsal that can be used in the future."
Sailors man the rails aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) as the ship arrives in Subic Bay, Philippines in support of Exercise Balikatan.

A US warship loaded with F-35 stealth fighters was apparently spotted near a disputed area in the South China Sea

Video footage appears to show the USS Wasp running flight operations near the Scarborough Shoal, a potential flashpoint in the South China Sea.
Activists holding placards hold a protest in front of the Chinese consulate in Manila on February 10, 2018, against Beijing's claims in the South China Sea after installing military facilities and equipment on them. The Philippines said in January it would lodge a diplomatic protest with China after Manila questioned if Beijing had reneged on a pledge not to militaries a disputed South China Sea reef.

The US and Philippines are reportedly discussing deploying a rocket system in the South China Sea to fend off China

China has been steadily increasing its presence in the South China Sea, one of the busiest shipping routes in the world.

China is using debt traps to control the South China Sea

Chinese loans are causing its neighbours to fall into a "debt trap" causing opposition from its regional opposition, notably The Philippines and Malaysia.
This picture taken on May 14, 2014 shows a Chinese coast guard vessel (C) followed by a Vietnamese coast guard ship near the area of China's oil drilling rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea.

Vietnam claims a Chinese ship rammed and sank a fishing boat in the latest South China Sea clash

China and Vietnam have clashed repeatedly near the disputed Paracel Islands, territory China seized from Vietnam by force.
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.

US commander warns hazardous Chinese military activity is on the rise in the South China Sea

There's been more Chinese ship, fighter, and bomber activity in the contested waterway this past year than any previous year, a top US official said.