FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2016, file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) operates in the South China Sea as part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG). China’s ambassador to the United States has defended the Chinese navy’s action in a close encounter with the U.S. destroyer in the South China Sea, saying America’s warships are “on the offensive” near Chinese territory. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Quinlan/U.S. Navy via AP, File)

Top US officials reject Chinese demand to stop military moves that ‘undermine’ Beijing’s sovereignty in South China Sea

  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Defence Secretary James Mattis meet with Chinese counterparts in Washington
  • Despite differing views, Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe described talks as constructive ‘so that this military relationship will be a source of stability’
Topic |   South China Sea

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FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2016, file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) operates in the South China Sea as part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG). China’s ambassador to the United States has defended the Chinese navy’s action in a close encounter with the U.S. destroyer in the South China Sea, saying America’s warships are “on the offensive” near Chinese territory. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Quinlan/U.S. Navy via AP, File)
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