China Responds to US Provocations in South China Sea

Chinese warship comes within 45 yards of colliding with San Diego-based destroyer

The confrontation between the two navy vessels took place near disputed territories in the remote Spratly Islands.

A US Navy guided-missile destroyer in the Pacific Ocean.

"Chinese ships routinely patrol around the Senkaku Islands, which are administered by Japan", Pence said.

Australia has warned Beijing to avoid using "intimidation or aggressive tactics" after a Chinese destroyer challenged a US Navy warship during a tense standoff in the South China Sea. The encounter Sunday occurred within 12 nautical miles of Gaven Reef, a pair of outcroppings in the sea that China has expanded and fortified with weaponry since 2014.

The Chinese ship almost collided with the United States destroyer during the exchange, which was described as "unsafe and unprofessional".

It approached within 45 yards of the Decatur's bow, forcing it to maneuver, Gorman said.

Two B-52s flew over the South China Sea last week in what the Pentagon called a routine mission.

It added that the U.S. was "taking one provocative operation after another ... under the pretext of "navigation and overflight freedom".

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

The operation was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing's efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, where Chinese, Japanese and some Southeast Asian navies operate.

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'The reported 45 yards separation gives extremely little margin for safety, ' Koh said.

Under the "One China Policy", Washington officially recognized Beijing and removed its embassy from Taiwan, though it continues to regard the sovereignty status of the island as unresolved.

China's Defence Ministry said a Chinese naval ship had been sent to warn the USA vessel to leave.

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.

The vice president delivered his speech as Bloomberg News reported that during their construction in China, tiny microchips were hidden in computer motherboards sold to major U.S. companies such as Amazon and Apple that allowed hackers to access any network that included the altered equipment.

Beijing claims all of the Spratlys and has built a number of military installations on the islands.

Pence is expected to assert the rights of freedom of navigation of the U.S. Navy in the South China Sea, wherever worldwide law allows, and to censure China for luring away three of Taiwan's Latin American allies.

During a meeting of the UN Security Council, President Donald Trump has accused China of interfering in American elections to help his Democratic rivals.

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.

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