Admiral Scott Swift, commander of the US Pacific Fleet, speaks to reporters as the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain is seen in the background, at Changi naval base in Singapore. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Divers have found human remains inside the US destroyer USS John S McCain, which collided with a merchant vessel this week. Ten sailors were missing (...)

What is China doing in the South China Sea? China claims most of the South China Sea as its own, and it has territorial disputes with nearly all its n(...)

In October, the US Navy sent the USS Lassen, a guided-missile destroyer, on patrol within  12 nautical miles of Subi Reef in the Spratly archipelago. China responded by accusing Washington of having a “cold war mentality”. Photograph: Evan Kenny/EPA/US Navy

Was there a more potent image in 2015 to represent China’s newfound confidence in matters of foreign policy than the satellite photograph of a land r(...)