U.S. and China resume trade talks in Beijing | Money Talks

Marco Green
February 12, 2019

"We conduct routine and regular freedom of navigation operations as we have done in the past and will continue to in the future", he said.

The US is expected to keep pressing China on longstanding demands that it reform how it treats American companies' intellectual property in order to seal a trade deal that could prevent tariffs from rising on Chinese imports.

XThe Trump administration said the US president still wants to meet China's Xi Jinping in an effort to end the trade war, a sign of optimism as negotiators from the world's two-biggest economies start their latest round of talks this week.

Beijing accused the United States of entering Chinese waters without permission and engaging in provocations that threaten China's sovereignty.

Aerial view on the The Spratly Islands, one of the major archipelagos in the South China Sea. The archipelago lies off the coasts of the Philippines, Malaysia, and southern Vietnam. Other regional nations-such as the Philippines and Vietnam-lay claim to part of the waterway and the USA routinely pushes back against China by sending ships to patrol the sea.

Communist superpower China claims ownership over nearly all of the South China Sea - frequently slamming the United States and its allies for naval operations in the territory. The U.S. president has said no deal will be final until he meets with his Chinese counterpart.

Global waters are considered 12 nautical miles from land.

Shortly after that operation, China accused the United States of trespassing in its territorial waters - and said it had deployed missiles "capable of targeting medium and large ships".

In January, the destroyer USS McCampbell sailed within 12 nautical miles of the Paracel Islands.

David Malpass, a member of the USA 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.

"We respect all countries' right for freedom of navigation and flight under worldwide law, but we firmly oppose any action to jeopardize the sovereignty and security of countries under the pretext of freedom of navigation", Hua said Monday.

The Navy sent USS Preble, left, and USS Spruance, right, near the Chinese manmade island of Mischief Reef in the South China Sea, the location of several territorial conflicts that have raised tensions in the region.

Mischief Reef is one of seven artificial islands built up by China over the last five years. 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.

China says the bases are essential for self-defense and accused the U.S. of ramping up tensions in the region by sending battleships and warplanes close to the disputed islands.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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