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.
I don't think we played well, we have done a good offensive phase and had a lot of ball opportunities but we conceded too much. Chelsea were not at their best despite maintaining a 100 per cent start to their Europa League campaign, claims Glenn Hoddle.
The two parties reached the settlement just two days after the SEC issued the charges, which had sent Tesla shares plunging. FBN's Charlie Gasparino on how the SEC is investigating Tesla and CEO Elon Musk's stated production goals for the Model 3.
She also now says she doesn't know if he was part of the gang rape she says she suffered - but she still suspects him. I saw him go up to girls and paw on them, try to, you know, get a little too handsy, touching them in private parts.
Lockheed's lunar lander will serve as a precursor to an even more ambitious spacecraft: a Mars lander. The engines run on liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, which can both be sourced by splitting water.
Roach will be absent as he has flown back to attend a family issue and the lack of top-quality spinners is a cause for concern. Since his debut, there have only been nine instances of India losing their first wicket in first over of a Test innings.
That's put a pair of female Republican senators, Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski , under excruciating pressure. The information from the five-day investigation was added to Kavanaugh's background file, but some details remain unclear.
While Shaw is making his India debut, Sunil Ambris and Sherman Lewis will also make their worldwide debut for West Indies . He was not facing one of the best attacks but he gave ample evidence of his brilliance on way to a memorable hundred.
Pluto is about 34 AU from the sun, so 2015 TG387 is two and a half times farther from the sun than the former ninth planet. Batygin, in a 2016 paper in the Astronomical Journal , estimated Planet Nine would be up to 10 times as massive as Earth.
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Supermodel Naomi Campbell came in second on the United Kingdom list while Kim's sister Kourtney Kardashian took out third place. Last year's most risky celebrity, singer Avril Lavigne, came in at No. 30 this year, McAfee said.
China denounces 'ridiculous' U.S. claims of election meddling
Mr Pence also joined other U.S. officials in denouncing Beijing's crackdown on minority Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region. Google declined comment, except to reiterate that its China search engine project was "exploratory" and not close to launch.
Shell says it has approved huge gas project in Canada
The officials said the LNG Canada project is forecast to emit 3.45 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually. Trudeau said the amount being spent is the largest single investment by the private sector in Canadian history.
Four dead after typhoon batters Japan
After pummelling Japan's outlying islands including Okinawa, Trami made landfall south of the city of Osaka on Sunday night. Two people were reported missing, and more than 120 people were injured in the powerful storm, public broadcaster NHK said.
US Senate receives FBI's Kavanaugh report
Speaking to reporters Thursday, Grassley referenced the demonstrators who have been outside his office over the past two weeks. It was not clear why the 10th was not interviewed. "I don't know", Trump said as he imitated Ford, according to CNN.
LG launches V40 ThinQ smartphone with five-camera setup
Unfortunately Android 9 Pie does not make an appearance on the V40, instead the device comes pre-installed with Android 8.1 Oreo. The P20 Pro offers a regular sensor, a monochrome sensor for better contrast data, and a telephoto sensor for an optical zoom.
What to do if you didn't get the presidential alert text
But the best-case scenario is that no emergency ever happens that's serious enough to warrant a nationwide phone alert. This alert was originally scheduled for September 20, but rescheduled for Wednesday after Hurricane Florence.
The Nokia 7.1 looks to be well worth its $350 asking price
The phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, but HMD promised an upgrade to Android 9 Pie would be seeded sometime in November. It's comprised of a 12-megapixel (f/1.8) sensor, and a 5-megapixel (f/2.4) sensor, complete with ZEISS optics and dual-LED flash.