Pompeo urges China to halt South China Sea militarization

Yang Jiechi a member of the Politburo, believes a breakthrough in the trade war is possible

At a news conference in the presence of Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi (楊潔篪), Secretary of State Mike Pompeo noted the stable relations between the US and Taiwan.

Yang outranks the Chinese government's top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi.

Since then relations have soured and they have become embroiled in a major trade war in which the United States has imposed tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods and China has retaliated with tariffs on $110 billion worth of USA goods.

Beijing has constructed a series of military outposts throughout the waterway, which includes vital sea lanes through which about $3 trillion in global trade passes each year.

Mattis repeated the position that "the United States will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever global law allows".

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In late September, U.S. and Chinese vessels almost collided off near a disputed reef.

Despite the frank airing of differences at the meeting in Washington of the two nations' top diplomats and military chiefs, both sides stressed the need to tamp down tensions, which have flared amid a bitter trade dispute that Trump and Xi are expected to tackle at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina. Yang met Wednesday with USA national security adviser John Bolton and urged that the two sides "manage differences properly" and look to make that summit a success, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Xi told former USA secretary of state Henry Kissinger that he and Trump would have "a deep exchange of views" in Argentina, according to the Chinese state news agency. -China military tensions to avoid unintended clashes, with the Chinese general saying confrontation "will spell disaster to all".

On the issue of the South China Sea, Chinese officials said the United States should stop sending ships and planes near islands that China claims as its own.

China and the USA are now locked in an ongoing trade war as each country has introduced tariffs on goods traded between each other.

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During Friday's dialogue, US officials also reaffirmed "strong ties" with Taiwan, which has been self-ruled since the 1940s but claimed by China.

The two countries must agree to keep conflicts between them under control or else risk "destroying hopes for the new world order", the former secretary of state warned.

But the exchange on display before reporters served to show just how much space there is between the two sides, particularly over the South China Sea and freedom of navigation. Trump has slapped tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese products, in a push to narrow the US trade deficit and push back against what the USA views as predatory Chinese tactics on the high technology industry.

Trump has made reaching a denuclearization agreement with North Korea a top priority since his landmark summit in June with the totalitarian state's leader Kim Jong Un. "And let's not forget how our two sides have successfully navigated through previous rough patches in our economic and trade relations", he said.

The Pentagon had previously declined to comment on a May report quoting unnamed sources with direct knowledge of USA intelligence reports as saying that the anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems had been deployed to Fiery Cross Reef, Subi Reef and Mischief Reef in April or early May.

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Washington has also been increasingly critical of Chinese treatment of religious minorities, including Uygur Muslims in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang. Yang insisted that Chinese people have freedom of religion, and that "foreign countries have no right to interfere".

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