Are Chinese-American maritime relations running aground? The recent sinking of the South Korean corvette the Cheonan, most likely by China's unruly client state North Korea, has led to the U.S.S. George Washington participating in naval exercises off the Korean coast. Heightening tensions, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, appearing at an ASEAN forum in Hanoi, challenged China's long-standing claims to the Paracel and Spratly Islands -- small reefs and assorted flecks of coral that happen to sit atop rich hydrocarbon stores in the South China Seas. This week, the Sinica gang takes a lively look at Beijing and Washington's maneuverings in China's troubled coastal waters. Appearing with Kaiser are regulars Jeremy Goldkorn, Gady Epstein, and Bill Bishop. Joining us as well is special guest Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt, the North East Asia project director for the International Crisis Group. This is a podcast you do not want to miss.On a closing note, Bill Bishop's family has just opened a bakery in Beijing and is being gracious enough to let us give away some great freebies to Sinica listeners. If you're also in Beijing, listen in for instructions on how to stake your claim to some free chocolate deliciousness. And remember, to subscribe to the Sinica show through RSS, just open up iTunes, click on the "Advanced" menu and select the option "Subscribe to Podcast". When prompted, copy the URL http://popupchinese.com/feeds/custom/sinica into the box. You can also download this mp3 directly from our site by grabbing it as a standalone mp3 file. Enjoy!