Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

US Navy Planning Global Force Showdown to Warn China

US Navy Planning Global Force Showdown to Warn China

China expressed anger on Tuesday after a US Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the disputed South China Sea, saying it resolutely opposed an operation that it called a threat to its sovereignty.

The Americans reported the Chinese ship conducted a series of "aggressive" manoeuvres while warning the Decatur to get out of the area.

But Pence will say in his speech that one USA company was pressured by Beijing to complain about the tariffs or face a restriction on its business licence in China.

But as the U.S. does not recognize China's sovereignty over the islands on which it has constructed reefs, U.S. ships do not request permission to pass through those 12-mile limits.

According to Bonnie Glaser of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the tensions between the two countries are likely to persist because they serve the objectives of Donald Trump, who was accused last week China's interference in the us elections.

Mr. Pence will report that the USA intelligence community has concluded that China is targeting state and local government and officials to exploit divisions between federal and local policy, such as tariffs.

The Chinese defence ministry said it opposes the USA warship's entry into the waters "around China's islands and reefs".

In 2016, an arbitration panel under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, ruling in an appeal filed by the Philippines, did not support China's claims to Gaven Reef, among other shoals and maritime features in the sea.

The Chinese fighter pilot was killed in the collision and the EP-3 was forced to make an emergency landing in China's Hainan Island, with the crew detained for 11 days before being released.

U.S. -China military relations have been strained before.

Mr. Pence's speech is a signal to Beijing that there is a limit to the bonhomie between Mr. Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, administration officials said. They now cite patrols like the one on Sunday as justification for the installation of defensive weaponry there.

The 12-mile distance is commonly accepted as constituting the territorial waters of a landmass.

With an ambitious naval modernization program well underway, China has become increasingly assertive in challenging patrols in the Spratlys and the Paracels, another disputed archipelago to the north.

The vice president cited USA intelligence agencies but offered no evidence to back up his claims, which are likely to inflame relations between Washington and Beijing, already at their lowest point in years thanks to the burgeoning trade war, policy differences and United States allegations of political interference.

Late last week US Secretary of Defense James Mattis pulled out of a planned visit to Beijing later in October, two US officials told CNN.

Earlier in the week, the Chinese government canceled a port visit to Hong Kong by the USS Wasp, a US Navy amphibious assault ship.

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