U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
|The U.S. has been the dominant security presence in the South China Sea since World War Two but is now struggling to contain an increasingly assertive China.|
China has responded to the ruling with sharp rhetoric. China has blamed the United States for stirring up trouble. Citing international rules, the United States has conducted freedom-of-navigation patrols close to Chinese-held islands where China has been bolstering its military presence. Rice is expected to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping during her visit.
Chinese President Xi Jinping