Photos show how close Chinese warship came to colliding with U.S. destroyer

Photos show how close Chinese warship came to colliding with U.S. destroyer

Photos show how close Chinese warship came to colliding with U.S. destroyer

The visit comes as the USA administration is accusing China of trying to undermine President Donald Trump, who accused China during a meeting of the U.N. Security Council of interfering in American elections to help his Democratic rivals.

China expressed anger yesterday after a US Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by Beijing in the disputed South China Sea, saying it was resolutely opposed to an operation that it called a threat to its sovereignty.

During a meeting of the UN Security Council, President Donald Trump has accused China of interfering in American elections to help his Democratic rivals.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence delivers a speech at the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) in Washington, U.S., August 24, 2018.

China views American operations in the vicinity of its claimed territory as provocations.

The Decatur was apparently involved in such "freedom of navigation" operations when Sunday's incident occurred.

"When two big nations are confronting each other, it is necessary to maintain a proper military balance to avoid the conflict from getting out of control", he said.

China's defence ministry said a Chinese naval ship had been sent to warn the US vessel to leave.

New images have revealed the tiny margin between a US Navy destroyer and a Chinese warship sent to head it off in the South China sea during a tense standoff on Sunday.

The Chinese defense ministry denounced the flyovers as "provocative" actions.


In recent days, however, China's anger spiked when the US announced a $330 million military sale to Taiwan.

The Chinese destroyer "conducted a series of increasingly aggressive manoeuvres accompanied by warnings for Decatur to depart the area", Lt Cmdr Gorman said.

The proposal means U.S. ships and aircraft will be operating close to Chinese forces and is expected to trigger a strong reaction from Beijing.

"With tensions elevated, China seems motivated to risk a possible collision as a means of intimidation".

"I just think it's part of reality", Mattis said Monday.

Washington last week enacted new tariffs against China covering another $200 billion of its imports.

Relations between the USA and China have deteriorated over an escalating trade dispute, but ties have worsened in recent weeks after a U.S. decision to issue economic sanctions over Beijing's purchase of Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missile equipment.

Beijing has previously criticised freedom of navigation operations by the U.S. in the South China Sea as an infringement of its territorial sovereignty.

The announcement of Pompeo's trip to Beijing came as the Agence France-Presse (AFP) agency that the ongoing trade dispute between the USA and China has triggered military tensions between the two nations. China has ignored the ruling, however, and the fortification of seven artificial islands it has built there has made Chinese control of those waters virtually a fait accompli.

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