Chinese Navy personnel watch the guided missile destroyer USS Stethem arrive at the Shanghai International Passenger Quay for a scheduled visit. The docking was a sign that contacts between the US and Chinese militaries were continuing despite tensions over the South China Sea. Photo: AP
Chinese Navy personnel watch the guided missile destroyer USS Stethem arrive at the Shanghai International Passenger Quay for a scheduled visit. The docking was a sign that contacts between the US and Chinese militaries were continuing despite tensions over the South China Sea. Photo: AP

China ‘held back on right to seize’ occupied islands in South China Sea

Ahead of regional summits this weekend, Beijing says it could have reclaimed territory but didnt

Chinese Navy personnel watch the guided missile destroyer USS Stethem arrive at the Shanghai International Passenger Quay for a scheduled visit. The docking was a sign that contacts between the US and Chinese militaries were continuing despite tensions over the South China Sea. Photo: AP
Chinese Navy personnel watch the guided missile destroyer USS Stethem arrive at the Shanghai International Passenger Quay for a scheduled visit. The docking was a sign that contacts between the US and Chinese militaries were continuing despite tensions over the South China Sea. Photo: AP
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