China hopeful of trade war breakthrough

  • China hopeful of trade war breakthrough

China hopeful of trade war breakthrough

As U.S. -China trade negotiations resumes with deputy level meetings, the two countries are trying to hammer out a deal before the March 1 deadline.

Speaking about the most recent operation, Commander Clay Doss, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet, told CNN that the action was meant to "to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by worldwide law".

Doss confirmed the sailings to CNN.

The objective 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.

Last year, China added surface-to-air missiles to the contested island, one of three that the Chinese military fortified in 2018. He noted "that is true in the South China Sea as in other places around the globe".

The U.S. has conducted several freedom of navigation patrols in recent months. 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. In January, the destroyer USS McCampbell challenged China's claims to the Paracel Islands.

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

The alleged incursion by two US warships into the internationally disputed waters of the South China Sea was the second such move within five weeks.

China on Monday accused the United States of trying to "stir up trouble" by sending two U.S. destroyers near disputed South China Sea islands.

Doss said FONOPS "are not about any one country, nor are they about making political statements".

In late September, the USS Decatur also sailed within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson reefs in the Spratly Islands. The US labelled the Chinese warship's actions unsafe and unprofessional, while Beijing said the US was threatening the safety and sovereignty of China.

In October, the destroyer USS Decatur had to maneuver to avoid a collision with a Chinese warship that came within 45 yards of its bow.

Beijing asserts almost all of the South China Sea as its territorial waters, while Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all claim parts.

David Malpass, a member of the U.S. trade delegation in Beijing, said on Tuesday that the looming March 1 deadline for China and the United States to reach a trade deal would not be extended.

The world's two largest economies are trying to hammer out a deal before a March 1 deadline, after which US tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports are scheduled to increase to 25 percent from 10 percent.