Amid trade spat, US-China military tensions soar

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                   A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer underway in the Pacific Ocean

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

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

Both the countries are now locked in a trade war slapping billions of dollars of tariffs on each other's export products.

On Monday, a USA defence official said that security talks due to take place later this month in Beijing between Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and his Chinese counterpart had been cancelled.

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.

Four photos apparently depicting the moment a Chinese destroyer had a close encounter with USS Decatur in the South China Sea have surfaced online, showing the blockbuster "near collision" encounter of the two navies.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to visit Beijing next week amid tensions over trade and China's territorial claims in the South China Sea. "We will not stand down", the speech will say.

The plan proposes sailing ships and flying jets near China's territorial waters in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait to show the "right to free navigation" in global waters. "We will not be intimidated; we will not stand down".

Beijing said the US "repeatedly sends military ships without permission close to South China Seas islands, seriously threatening China's sovereignty and security, seriously damaging Sino-US military ties, and seriously harming regional peace and stability", adding that the Chinese military was opposed to this behavior.

On Tuesday, Hua said China and the U.S. had previously agreed in principle to hold the dialogue in mid-October, while the United States recently proposed putting it off.

A Chinese destroyer made a series of "aggressive maneuvers" toward the San Diego-based guided-missile destroyer Decatur early Sunday in an incident the Navy called "unsafe and unprofessional".

"Today, that country is offering hundreds of billions of dollars in infrastructure loans to governments from Asia to Africa to Europe to even Latin America".

The Chinese navy's actions forced the Decatur to maneuver to avoid a collision, a spokesman for the Pacific Fleet, Capt. Charlie Brown, said in a statement. "Yet the terms of those loans are opaque at best, and the benefits flow overwhelmingly to Beijing", he will say.

The goal, he is to say, is to shift Americans' perception of Chinese policies by mobilizing "covert actors, front groups, and propaganda outlets".

"They do not want me, or us, to win because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade", Trump said, later referencing as evidence an advertising insert in The Des Moines Register paid for by Chinese government-affiliated entities.

In recent days, however, China's anger spiked when the US announced a $330 million military sale to Taiwan.

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