• Ladd Reef, Spratly Islands, South China Sea
  • Adm. Harry B. Harris, Jr., US Navy Commander, U.S. Pacific Command walks past a photograph showing an island that China is building on the Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea
  • In this photo released by the Xinhua News Agency, Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning berths in a port. China formally introduced its first aircraft carrier into service on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012
  • Liaoning, China's only aircraft carrier (File)
  • In this photo released by the Xinhua News Agency, Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning berths in a port. China formally introduced its first aircraft carrier into service on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012
  • Two warships of the South China Sea Fleet of the Chinese Navy fire missiles during a competitive training.
  • U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump appears at a campaign roundtable event in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., October 28, 2016
  • A group of disputed islands, Uotsuri island (top), Minamikojima (bottom) and Kitakojima, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China is seen in the East China Sea (File)
  • U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang after an arrival ceremony at the presidential palace in Hanoi, Vietnam May 23, 2016.
  • This combination image of two photographs taken on September 5, 2016 shows, at left, US President Barack Obama speaking during a press conference following the conclusion of the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China, and at right, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaking during a press conference in Davao City, the Philippines, prior to his departure for Laos to attend the ASEAN summit
  • Philippine presidential race front-runner Davao city mayor Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his final campaign rally in Manila, Philippines on Saturday, May 7, 2016.
  • US President Barack Obama (L) sits with Chinese President Xi Jinxing during a bilateral meeting ahead of the opening of the UN conference on climate change COP21 (File)
  • A Moskit supersonic anti-ship missile is launched from a missile boat
  • A Moskit supersonic anti-ship missile is launched from a missile boat
  • CHINA RUSSIA MILITARY
  • In this April 26, 2012 file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese navy's missile destroyer DDG-112 Harbin fires a shell during the China-Russia joint naval exercise in the Yellow Sea
  • An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a Taiwanese military plane shows the view of Itu Aba, which the Taiwanese call Taiping, at the South China Sea, March 23, 2016
  • A destroyer of the South China Sea Fleet of the Chinese Navy fires a missile during a training exercise.
  • Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning cruises for a test in the sea (File photo)
  • Two warships of the South China Sea Fleet of the Chinese Navy fire missiles during a competitive training.