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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