An uninhabited island in the disputed Spratly chain. An American warship passed through waters near the islands on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

Beijing faces growing challenges to its South China Sea claims

Tensions are rising as major powers ramp up presence in the contested waters to counter China, and observers say rival claimants are caught in the middle

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An uninhabited island in the disputed Spratly chain. An American warship passed through waters near the islands on Sunday. Photo: Reuters
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Kristin Huang

Kristin Huang

Kristin Huang is a senior China reporter, who focuses on diplomacy and defence. She joined the Post in 2016 and previously reported for China Review News Agency. Kristin is interested in security in northeast Asia and China's growing military might.

Teddy Ng

Teddy Ng

Teddy Ng joined the Post’s China desk in 2011, focusing on the nation’s foreign affairs. He is now deputy editor of the section.