Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

China scolds USA over presence in South China Sea

China scolds USA over presence in South China Sea

As the world today is undergoing unprecedented changes that have not been seen in the past 100 years, it is the worldwide community's expectation that China-U.S. relations will continue to move forward in the right direction, the Chinese president said.

Vietnam and China, along with five other nations, claim all or parts of the Spratlys.

The United States on Friday insisted it was not pursuing a new "Cold War" with China, but the Pacific powers could only paper over deep differences during high-level talks.

Jeffrey Ordaniel, a research fellow at the Pacific Forum, said on Twitter that although the demand by the US was a first, it was "very unlikely" that China would heed that call. In the latest in a series of incidents, a Chinese destroyer came perilously close - 45 meters - to a U.S. warship in late September in what the U.S. Navy called an "unsafe and unprofessional maneuver".

He appeared with Defence Secretary James Mattis; the director of the Office of Foreign Affairs of the Communist Party of China, Yang Jiechi; and Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe following their second round of talks about security and diplomacy, reports Efe news.

"We have continued concerns about China's activities and militarization in the South China Sea", Pompeo said following the talks.

"There is no such problem of freedom of navigation and overflights being obstructed, so to use this issue as an excuse to military action is unjustifiable", he said.

However, speaking in Singapore at a forum on Wednesday, former US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said there was a risk of an economic "Iron Curtain" falling between China and the United States unless China carried out reforms and that some people in the United States would like to "divorce" China.

A senior administration official said Pence's meetings with regional leaders were still being planned, but a meeting between Pence and Chang, Taiwan's envoy to APEC, was not being ruled out.

Politburo member Yang bluntly told the U.S. to stop sending ships and aircraft near China-claimed territory in the South China Sea.


China and the United States have put tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of each other's goods and US President Donald Trump has threatened to set tariffs on the remainder of China's $500 billion-plus exports to the United States if their blistering trade dispute can not be resolved.

USA officials said they would not halt so-called freedom-of-navigation patrols that are aimed at ensuring countries do not restrict traffic in global waters.

Mattis responded that the U.S. would "fly, sail and operate wherever global law allows".

"The Chinese side has kept the channel of dialogue open".

"This will only get more acute over time", he said.

Despite the officials' frank airing of their differences, both sides are stressing the need to lower tensions that have flared amid a trade dispute between the world's two largest economies.

"I have agreed with President Trump to meet during the upcoming G20 summit in Argentina, where the two sides can have an in-depth exchange of views on issues of common concern", Xi said.

China and the USA have put tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of each other's goods and Trump has threatened to set tariffs on the remainder of China's US$500 billion-plus exports to the United States if the dispute can not be resolved. Retaliatory measures quickly followed.

"The door to negotiation remains open".

Although the rescheduling of the dialogue signaled an effort by the two sides to contain the slide in the relationship, it did not address the core dispute on trade.

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