China's Xi to meet top US trade officials

China's Xi to meet top US trade officials

China's Xi to meet top US trade officials

The so-called freedom-of-navigation patrols were reported earlier Monday by Reuters, which cited an unidentified USA official.

Trump's top trade negotiator and Treasury secretary arrived in the Chinese capital on Tuesday for high-level talks later in the week as the world's two largest economies attempt to hammer out a deal to protect American trade secrets and avoid another escalation of USA tariffs on Chinese goods after March 1.

The alleged incursion by two USA warships into the internationally disputed waters of the South China Sea was the second such move within five weeks. While the American side has expressed optimism, officials caution that there are still many large issues between the US and China. He noted "that is true in the South China Sea as in other places around the globe". The official said Monday's operation focused on Mischief Reef, a location claimed by China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

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The goal was "to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways", as well as to show that the United States "will fly, sail, and operate wherever global law allows", Cmdr.

"All operations are designed in accordance with worldwide law and demonstrate that the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever global law allows", Doss added, arguing "that is true in the South China Sea as in other places around the globe". In January, China urged the U.S.to halt "provocative actions" after a US guided-missile destroyer conducted sailed near the Paracel Islands, which are occupied by China and claimed by Vietnam.

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".

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During that operation, a Chinese destroyer came within 45 yards of the U.S. warship, forcing it to maneuver to avoid a collision.

The same day the latest talks began, two U.S. warships sailed near islands claimed by China in the disputed South China Sea, a USA official told Reuters.

Beijing has voiced its "strong dissatisfaction" with the United States on Monday after two U.S. warships sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea.

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Last year, China added surface-to-air missiles to the contested island, one of three that the Chinese military fortified in 2018. China has developed a military infrastructure, including long runways used by jet fighters and deploying anti-aircraft missiles, on what had been low-lying reefs. Negotiations concluded in Washington last month without a deal and with the top USA negotiator declaring that a lot more work needed to be done.

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