Washington objects to Beijing’s unilateral military steps in the South China Sea and the pace of US freedom of operations trips to the disputed water areas has increased, US National Security Adviser John Bolton told reporters in Singapore on the sidelines of the ASEAN. © Photo : U.S. Navy WATCH Chinese, US Warships Narrowly Avoid Collision in South China Sea The statement comes after US-China bilateral talks where Chinese officials asked Washington to stop sending vessels and military aircraft close to Chinese islands and reefs and “stop actions that undermine China’s sovereignty and security interests.” According to the joint press release after the talks, both sides agreed to remain committed to “non-confrontation,” and support the peaceful resolution of any disputes in the contested region. China has repeatedly encountered US warships in the South China Sea, with one of the incidents taking place in October; a Chinese Luyang-class destroyer came within 45 yards of the USS Decatur, forcing the ship to manoeuvre to avoid a collision. READ MORE: Beijing: US Should Stop Actions That Undermine Our Sovereignty in S China Sea The disputes escalated in May when US Secretary of Defense James Mattis noted that despite Chinese President Xi Jinping’s promise not to militarize the Spratly Islands, Beijing had moved weapons there. In turn, Beijing stressed that it had the sovereign right to send troops to any part of its territory. China claims to control… Read full this story
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