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On Sunday, the US Navy's Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer conducted a freedom-of-navigation operation near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. "However, FONOPs challenge excessive maritime claims and demonstrate our commitment to uphold the rights, freedoms, and uses of the sea and airspace guaranteed to all nations under global law", Commander Christensen said. -China trade dispute. Each country has imposed tariff increases on the other's goods, and Beijing has accused the Trump administration of bullying.

The Chinese ship "conducted a series of increasingly aggressive maneuvers", coming within 45 yards of the bow of the Decatur, a guided-missile cruiser on what the Pentagon described as a routine mission in global waters. "We will not stand down", Pence will say.

In the sequence of pictures, the USS Decatur, pictured on the left, is seen next to the Chinese Warship that was dispatched by Beijing to chase the United States vessel into neutral waters and away from the Gaven Reefs, which are claimed by China.

Pence will also argue that Chinese officials have tried to influence business leaders to condemn USA trade actions, "leveraging their desire to maintain their operations in China".

New images have revealed the tiny margin between a US Navy destroyer and a Chinese warship sent to head it off in the South China sea during a tense standoff on Sunday.

The incident with the USS Decatur in the South China Sea appears to be the most serious of such incidents in recent weeks, following as it did last week's flights of two B-52s over the sea, the earlier USA sanctions imposed on China's military procurement agency for buying Russian hardware, and the us $330 million arms deal with Taiwan. "The (Chinese) destroyer approached within 45 yards of Decatur's bow, after which Decatur maneuvered to prevent a collision".

While some observers have expressed concern, noting that the situation is escalating to unsafe levels, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said the U.S. and China simply need to learn to sort out their differences.

The bitter trade war between China and the United States will double to tensions in the military field, including a serious incident in the south China sea last weekend.

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A US defense official characterized the close encounter as having been of short duration.

'It seems to me that this was deliberate and could have been sanctioned by higher levels as part of the retaliatory moves by China in recent times'.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for cool heads to prevail amid rising tensions between Beijing and Washington after a near miss between a United States and Chinese warship in the South China Sea.

By expanding its area of operations to the Taiwan Strait, Su continued, the USA was linking the South China Sea and Taiwan and was prepared to confront China across a wider front.

"China's military is resolutely opposed to this", it added.

Mattis had originally planned to visit the Chinese capital to meet with senior Chinese officials to discuss security issues.

And Beijing also opposes a USA decision to issue a visa ban and assets freeze on China's Equipment Development Department and its director, Li Shangfu.

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