CLOSE CALL: 'Unsafe' Chinese Destroyer Sails 'WITHIN FEET' of US Warship

CLOSE CALL: 'Unsafe' Chinese Destroyer Sails 'WITHIN FEET' of US Warship

CLOSE CALL: 'Unsafe' Chinese Destroyer Sails 'WITHIN FEET' of US Warship

"To put it bluntly, President Trump's leadership is working".

"It's using wedge issues, like trade tariffs, to advance Beijing's political influence", he will say. It "may well reflect the increasing tension between China and the United States".

There hasn't been a greater respect for human rights, reciprocity on markets and intellectual property, the official said, so Trump is building a "constructive and results oriented" policy toward China.

The official refused to provide more details. "The Chinese side expresses strong dissatisfaction".

The vice president said that Chinese security agencies have masterminded "the wholesale theft of American technology".

Reuters reported on Sunday that China canceled a security meeting with Mattis that had been planned for October.

The two ships could have been seconds away from a collision, said Carl Schuster, a former US Navy captain with 12 years at sea who looked at the photos at the request of CNN.

Pence called on one firm in particular to stop cooperating with China. -China relations to get worse.

Part of the administration's new strategy to counter China involves public education.

They came to the region to take advantage of this issue.

"Understanding the Chinese propaganda efforts is going to be key", the official said.

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'The Chinese ship certainly violated the rules of the road'.

Gaven Reef is located in the Spratly Islands chain in the South China Sea where China claims seven man-made islands as its own. Although they are occupied by Chinese troops, the Gaven and Johnson reefs are claimed by Vietnam, Taiwan and the Philippines.

His speech is also set to blame China for interfering in USA domestic policies and splitting the country by influencing business leaders to condemn its trade actions. "As we have for decades, our forces will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere worldwide law allows". We will not be intimidated.

The Defense Ministry insisted the America freedom of navigation patrol "gravely threatens China's sovereignty and security, gravely damages relations between China and the USA and their militaries, and gravely injures regional peace and stability".

Pompeo will travel to North Korea at the weekend for denuclearisation talks with the country's leader Kim Jong Un, the State Department said on Tuesday, calling this "forward progress", despite negative signals from Pyongyang.

Mr. Pence will condemn China's military buildup in the South China Sea and accuse Beijing of "reckless harassment" of U.S. Navy operations in the region. They continue to warn Russian Federation is actively trying to interfere in November's midterm elections.

"Beijing is employing a whole-of-government approach to advance its influence and benefit its interests".

In a statement on the incident, the Chinese Ministry of Defense said that its ship had "given a warning to leave" to the vessel after it entered the area 'without permission'. "Taiwan's embrace of democracy shows a better path for all the Chinese people". Washington has no official relations with Taiwan's democratically elected government but is obliged by USA law to see that it has the means to defend itself.

The images below show just how close the vessels came to colliding. So indeed this incident does underline China's more aggressive posture against what it perceives as growing external interference in the [area].

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 U.S. and China to confront each, rather than simply being a territorial dispute between Beijing and the other claimants.

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