Pompeo to visit China amid high tensions

Pompeo to visit China amid high tensions

Pompeo to visit China amid high tensions

A Chinese destroyer came aggressively close to a U.S. Navy ship in the South China Sea, forcing it to maneuver to prevent a collision, the U.S. Pacific Fleet said October 2, describing an encounter that could worsen tensions between the nations.

Friendly relations between the two countries have nosedived since Donald Trump became president in 2017.

"The confrontation between the destroyer chinese and the USS Decatur was the most serious to date", says AFP Timothy Heath, of the Rand Corporation.

It "may reflect in part the growing U.S".

Pence will also accuse the Chinese Communist Party of convincing three Latin American nations to sever ties with Taiwan and recognize China.

But it is the "freedom on navigation" operations like the one the USS Decatur performed on Sunday that seem to spike tensions the most.

The encounter followed a string of other military incidents.

However, we are firmly opposed to other countries taking provocative actions in the name of freedom of navigation and we are against those countries showing their existence in the South China Sea, he added.

Days earlier, China nixed a planned port visit of a US warship to Hong Kong, and canceled a meeting between the head of the Chinese navy and his American counterpart.

The US takes no official position on the competing claims by countries for territories located in the South China Sea.

Mr. Pence will report that the US 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.

Tensions in the region have been elevated for the last few weeks.

A trade war launched by Trump has infuriated Beijing, as did his authorization of a $1.3 billion arms sale to Taiwan, which China considers a rebel province and which it claims as its own.

Since Trump took office past year, his administration has escalated pressure on China, most recently with several rounds of tit-for-tat economic trade tariffs on hundreds of billions in goods.

These incidents came amid other deteriorations in the US-China bilateral relationship, specifically issues pertaining to sanctions, trade, and Taiwan.

The B-52 flights came on the heels of the Chinese government's demand that the US cancel a $330 million sale of military equipment to Taiwan and then turned down a request for a port call in Hong Kong by the USS Wasp that had been planned for October.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, sharpening U.S. criticism of Chinese policies around the globe, will give China a blunt warning on Thursday that the United States will not back down from what Washington sees as Chinese intimidation in the South China Sea. China has ignored the ruling, however, and the fortification of seven artificial islands it has built there has made Chinese control of those waters virtually a fait accompli.

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