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It approached within 45 yards of the Decatur's bow forcing it to move Lt Cmdr Gorman said It approached within 45 yards of the Decatur's bow forcing it to move Lt Cmdr Gorman said
Gerardo Duncan | 05 October, 2018, 13:45

In a unsafe incident this week, a Chinese destroyer deliberately sailed within 45m of USA guided missile destroyer USS Decatur as the United States vessel conducted a freedom of navigation exercise in disputed territory.

"Despite such reckless harassment, the United States Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever global law allows and our national interests demand".

According to Bonnie Glaser of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the tensions between the two countries are likely to persist because they serve the objectives of Donald Trump, who was accused last week China's interference in the us elections. The PRC destroyer conducted a series of increasingly aggressive maneuvers accompanied by warnings for DECATUR to depart the area.

Pence will say the U.S. intelligence community has determined that China is targeting USA state and local governments and officials to exploit any divisions between federal and local levels on policy.

Washington sends a destroyer to sail close to the Spratly Islands, an area in the South China Sea claimed by Beijing.

The Chinese foreign ministry said it strongly urged the U.S.to stop its "provocative" actions.

Pictures released by the U.S. Navy show the two destroyers in very close proximity to one another, with the Chinese destroyer in the lead just a short distance ahead of the American destroyer.

The move follows a further deterioration of relations between the U.S. and China.

But China said in a statement the country has irrefutable claims over the islands in the sea and the waters around them. The Chinese ship almost collided with the U.S. destroyer during the exchange, which was described as "unsafe and unprofessional".

Mike Pence, the USA vice president, will sharpen criticism of Chinese foreign policy with a blunt warning on Thursday that Washington will not back away from what it sees as Beijing's intimidatory tactics in the South China Sea.

The Chinese military will fulfill its defense responsibility to safeguard its sovereignty and security as well as maintain regional peace and stability.

China has built airstrips and artificial islands in the South China Sea, actions condemned by Defense Secretary James Mattis in Singapore in June.

This incident comes amid heightened US-China tensions over a broad range of issues.

The United States and China traded new accusations over naval operations in the South China Sea on Tuesday after warships from each country came perilously close to colliding in the disputed waters.

Australia's military began a two-week multilateral security exercise in the South China Sea on Tuesday along with military forces from Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand and the UK.

China has taken a series of retaliatory measures, including scrapping a USA warship's planned port visit to Hong Kong and cancelling a meeting between the head of the Chinese navy and his American counterpart.

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