Pompeo to visit China Monday

05 October, 2018, 13:08 | Author: Myra Gill
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                   A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer underway in the Pacific Ocean

Mattis canceled his planned visit to Beijing this month, but on Monday, he said he that, despite the setback, he doesn't see the US-China relationship "getting worse".

Gaven Reef is located in the Spratly Islands chain in the South China Sea where China claims seven man-made islands as its own.

Mattis characterized China's militarization in the South China Sea as being for "intimidation and coercion".

Defence Minister Christopher Pyne has warned against aggression in the region, labelling the dispute in the South China Sea concerning.

Chinese warship sailed within yards of an American destroyer - forcing it to change course - in an "unsafe and unprofessional" encounter as the U.S. vessel was in contested waters in the South China Sea, an official said on Monday.

"A (People's Republic of China) Luyang destroyer approached USS Decatur in an unsafe and unprofessional maneuver in the vicinity of Gaven Reef in the South China Sea", Capt. Charles Brown, a spokesman for US Pacific Fleet, told CNN in a statement confirming the incident.

The United States Pacific Fleet has drawn up a plan for a major show of force as a warning to China that will indicate its determination to counter Beijing's military activity, it was reported on Thursday amid rising tension over the disputed South China Sea.

Pence will say the U.S. intelligence community has determined that China is targeting USA state and local governments and officials to exploit any divisions between federal and local levels on policy.


This distance is generally accepted as constitutive of the limit of the territorial waters of a land mass.

It said one of its ships nearly collided with a Chinese warship in the South China Sea, in an "unsafe and unprofessional manoeuvre".

But China said in a statement the country has irrefutable claims over the islands in the sea and the waters around them.

Su Hao, a professor at China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, said recent incidents were a sign that the South China Sea had become an arena for the USA and China to confront each, rather than simply being a territorial dispute between Beijing and the other claimants. However, in 2016, an worldwide tribunal ruled against China's territorial claims in the Spratly Islands - a ruling the country rejected. The two countries have imposed increasingly severe rounds of tariffs on each other's imports.

While Beijing did not acknowledge the exact distance its destroyer closed in on its counterpart, or the tactics used to chase it away, both the Foreign Ministry and the DoD slammed the U.S. for the violation and abuse of the "freedom of navigation" principle on the high seas. It is believed to be the closest approach a Chinese warship has made to a U.S. Navy ship in the South China Sea to date.

The proposal, which comes at a time of heightened tensions between the USA and China, has yet to be approved.

The United States and China are embroiled in a trade war, sparked by Trump's accusations that China has long sought to steal US intellectual property, limit access to its own market and unfairly subsidize state-owned companies.

Beijing has also lashed a project of american arms sales to Taiwan, cancelled a port call of the US Navy to Hong Kong and reminded us of a chinese admiral's visit to the United States.

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