United States team in Beijing for trade talks

United States team in Beijing for trade talks

United States team in Beijing for trade talks

The Arleigh Burke destroyers Spruance and Preble on Monday conducted freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea "to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by global law", said Cmdr.

A pair of Navy guided-missile destroyers have sailed within a dozen nautical miles of disputed islands China is believed to have militarized - a move that has angered some in Beijing.

'The relevant actions of the USA warships violated Chinese sovereignty, and undermined peace, security, and order in the relevant sea areas, ' Hua said.

She demanded the U.S. "immediately stop its provocative actions" after the two destroyers conducted what Washington called "freedom of navigation" exercises in the area.

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Speaking at a meeting of the Atlantic Council in Washington last week, Admiral John Richardson, chief of US Naval Operation, called for firmer rules governing naval encounters in disputed waters such as the South China Sea.

The Trump administration is demanding far-reaching changes from China to address commercial practices that it says are deeply unfair, including theft of American intellectual property and myriad barriers that U.S. and other foreign companies face in the Chinese domestic market.

Shortly after that operation, China accused the USA of trespassing in its territorial waters - and said it had deployed missiles "capable of targeting medium and large ships".

China claims nearly all of the strategic South China Sea and frequently lambasts the U.S. and its allies over naval operations near Chinese-occupied islands. In January, the destroyer USS McCampbell challenged China's claims to the Paracel Islands.

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Tensions came to the fore in September, when a Chinese warship and US destroyer came within 45 yards of collision in the waters, renewing concerns about the risk of US-China confrontation.

Beijing and Washington remain at loggerheads over United States allegations for China's militarisation of the South China Sea by building military installations on artificial islands and reefs.

Observers fear the trade dispute is just one element in the deteriorating relationship between the world's two top economies with top White House officials sharply criticising Beijing for everything from human rights abuses to cyber-warfare. "That is true in the South China Sea as in other places around the globe", he said.

China defends its construction as necessary for self-defense and says it is the United States that is responsible for ratcheting up tensions in the region by sending warships and military planes close to islands Beijing claims.

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"U.S. Forces operate in the Indo-Pacific region on a daily basis, including in the South China Sea", Doss said in a statement.

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