Beate Stelzer works as first officer on a container ship. As a child, she had dreamed of traveling the world’s oceans. But it took more than 30 years before her dream came true.
For the first time in years, Japan and China held high-level talks on maritime issues aimed at easing tensions over disputes in the East China Sea, a move which analyst James Brown views as a significant positive step.
The majority of the German Bundeswehr navy's helicopter fleet is currently out of service. A recurring fault was found on "Sea Lynx" choppers currently being used for the EU's anti-piracy mission off the Horn of Africa.
The German military is deployed in hotspots around the world from Afghanistan to Africa. But it relies on an aging fleet of transport planes and helicopters that are in the shop more than they are in the air.
Despite protests from Manila, China continues to build artificial islands in the Spratlys in a bid to assert its sovereignty claims before a UN court rules in an arbitration case, as analyst Gregory Poling tells DW.
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