Philippines' Duterte says talks with China on sea dispute within the year | Reuters
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China's government has been seeking to isolate Taiwan, which it claims as its own territory
Experts agree that armed conflict is not imminent, but as military activity increases, there are growing fears that a mishap or miscalculation could lead to an unintended escalation
Self-governed Taiwan's 23 million people live under the constant threat of invasion by authoritarian China, which views the island as its territory