With military action threatened, tensions are mounting in the conflict of interests surrounding the South China Sea.
In December US bombers successfully tested Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea, China demonstrated its non-recognition of Japanese claims in the East China Sea. Tit for tat in the waters around China.
On 15 March, Chinese PM Li Keqiang made some remarks on China’s position on the issue of Ukraine and Crimea. In short: China respects Ukraine’s sovereignity and territorial integrity but takes no position on the status of Crimea.