South China Sea crisis: How Beijing’s military plan could fall apart amid Trump clashes

Chinese President Xi Jinping has been determined to assert his country’s dominance over the waters and has subsequently tried to enforce the controversial Nine-Dash Line claim in the region. At the centre of the disagreements are various island clusters such as the Spratly Islands and the Paracel Islands. Beijing has had particularly tense relations with Vietnam and the Philippines over islands in the region.
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