A US Navy guided missile destroyer made its first visit to China to ‘build relationships’ since the arbitration ruling over the South China Sea.

The USS Benfold arrived in the northern Chinese port of Qingdao on Monday in the first visit by an American warship to the country since Beijing responded angrily to an arbitration panel’s ruling that its expansive South China Sea maritime claims had no basis in law.

Upon arrival the ship held a signals exercise with the Chinese Navy.