China Responds to US Provocations in South China Sea

05 October, 2018, 13:44 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Chinese warship comes within 45 yards of colliding with San Diego-based destroyer

The USS Decatur was forced to "quickly maneuver to avoid collision" with the Chinese naval vessel when it was conducting a "freedom of navigation" operation within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson Reefs in the Spratly Islands on Sunday, Pence will say.

Pence is expected to assert the rights of freedom of navigation of the U.S. Navy in the South China Sea, wherever worldwide law allows, and to censure China for luring away three of Taiwan's Latin American allies.

Relations between the US and China have deteriorated over an escalating trade dispute.

The US Navy said in a statement Monday that the two ships came within 45 yards (41 meters) of each other, as the Chinese warship "conducted a series of increasingly aggressive maneuvers accompanied by warnings for the Decatur to depart the area".

The move follows a further deterioration of relations between the US and China, though US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said he doesn't see the relationship "getting worse," despite setbacks.

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Pence will also argue that Chinese officials have tried to influence business leaders to condemn USA trade actions, "leveraging their desire to maintain their operations in China". US Navy photos first obtained by the maritime-focused news site gCaptain and confirmed to CNN by three American officials show just how close the Chinese destroyer got to the US ship.

A strategic waterway, Beijing has strengthened its military presence in the South China Sea by building islands there and placing airfields and missiles on them.

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

On Monday, Mattis scrapped plans to visit China later this month, a us defense official said.

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

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But relationships can ebb and flow over time, so we have certainly a lot to talk about with the government of China and look forward to the trip.

China's defence ministry did not immediately comment on the report, but a Chinese diplomatic observer said that by expanding its operations from the South China Sea to the Taiwan Strait the United States was escalating the confrontation.

The behavior 'gravely threatens China's sovereignty and security, gravely damages relations between China and the U.S. and their militaries, and gravely injures regional peace and stability'. However, in 2016, an global tribunal ruled against China's territorial claims in the Spratly Islands - a ruling the country rejected. He was to meet in October in Beijing with his counterpart Wei Fenghe to discussions focused on security, but the chinese general was not made available. "But it also seems to reflect a growing willingness on the part of Beijing to test the Americans in the south China sea".

China condemned the USA for its operations in the South China Sea, where China is attempting to bolster its claims through increased militarization.

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

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