South China Sea: US Navy angers Beijing with first FONOP of 2019

South China Sea: US Navy angers Beijing with first FONOP of 2019

This week's meetings mark a departure from previous attempts to tackle broad areas of contention with high-level meetings, and the representatives from both sides have said that progress is being made.

"On whether this operation will affect the ongoing trade talks between the two sides, I believe proper resolution of trade disputes is conducive to the world".

Trump said last week, "I think we'll have a deal with China".

Beijing's growing commercial and political ties with its neighbours will make it harder for Washington to find "Asian countries willing to stand at its side and help contain China", the newspaper said.

This time around, though, the U.S. has sent members of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, including Deputy Jeffrey Gerrish, USTR Chief Agricultural Negotiator Gregg Doud, and Ted McKinney, the Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

China and the United States have in the past traded barbs over what Washington says is Beijing's militarisation of the South China Sea, by building military installations on artificial islands and reefs.

Some analysts say that China - Pyongyang's key diplomatic ally and main source of trade - could use Mr Kim's visit as a bargaining chip in the United States trade talks.

Trade talks in Beijing were set to continue on Wednesday in the first face-to-face meetings since US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to a tariff truce during a meeting in Argentina on Dec 1.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said that the conduct of the US ship had violated China's and global law, and that China had sent military ships and aircraft to identify and warn off the ship. Trump wants Beijing to roll back initiatives like "Made in China 2025", which calls for the state-led creation of global competitors in such fields as robotics and artificial intelligence.

The United States and China are likely to reach a good settlement over immediate trade issues, said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, as the two countries open talks on settling a damaging trade war. The threat of US tariff hikes was the "dominating factor" for almost half, while others moved because of higher costs or tighter environmental regulation.

Trump has imposed 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese good and 10 percent duties on $200 billion of imports.

The trade clash reflects American anxiety about China's rise as a potential competitor in telecommunications and other technology.

The two countries have held meetings over many months, stalling at times. -China trade talks in Beijing are progressing well, as Chinese authorities planned to give a statement following the latest round of negotiations.

The talks are occurring as Chinese growth - 6.5 percent in the July-to-September period - fell to its lowest point in a decade.

The United States has long complained about access to the vast Chinese market and Beijing's demands US companies reveal their technology advances.

The gulf between the US and China poses one of the top global risks in 2019, according to the Eurasia Group, a political risk consultancy. They complain China's companies are treated unfairly in national security reviews of proposed corporate acquisitions, though nearly all deals are approved unchanged.

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