Countries such as the Philippines have lodged protests against China's new map, which includes a "ten-dash line" claiming almost the entire South China Sea.
According to reports, China could be pursuing a politico-military advantage in Tibet to enhance its capacity for swift military deployment in border regions.
The trip was a positive step in standing up against China's aggression. But what are the Philippines and India's common interests, and where do they diverge?
The African Union, as a collective, needs to tread cautiously while dealing with China and its clasping economic, political, and military/security influence.
Although it cannot be confirmed, the capsized Chinese fishing boat is suspected of turning off its tracking systems to prevent the monitoring of its activities.
As part of its psychological warfare campaign to achieve its expansionist vision, Beijing has been "renaming" territories across Asia.
India has become a pillar of the global economy through incredible economic growth, and its rise could help rein in Chinese expansionism, argues the author.
The PLA's navy drill with aircraft carrier Shandong is another sign that China aims to deter or defeat any third-party intervention in the Indo-Pacific.
The Solomon Islands provides a key diplomatic base to address the needs of the Pacific Island nations, which is crucial for Pacific regional security.
China is gaining a foothold in Europe via an increasingly authoritarian Hungary. Beijing has wooed it with investment, and the affection seems to be mutual.
Beijing's militarization of the South China Sea renders negotiations futile and could prompt the Philippines to seek an alliance with ASEAN.
The agreements included aid to the Philippines, facilitating military training exchanges, and enhancing trilateral security cooperation with the United States.