USA team in Beijing for trade talks after International Monetary Fund 'storm' warning

White House: China Trade Talks to Resume in Beijing Next Week

White House: China Trade Talks to Resume in Beijing Next Week

Another US warship, USS McCampbell, sailed within 12 nautical miles (22 kilometres) of the Paracel Islands chain - north of the Spratly Islands - on January 7 during a previous round of trade talks between the two countries.

The Trump administration is demanding far-reaching changes from China to address commercial practices that it says are deeply unfair, including theft of American intellectual property and myriad barriers that United States and other foreign companies face in the Chinese domestic market.

The ships entered the waters without China's permission, ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters.The US warships sailed near the islands the same day that China resumed trade talks with Washington.

She urged the U.S. to cease the "provocative actions".

The alleged incursion by two US warships into the internationally disputed waters of the South China Sea was the second such move within five weeks.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet confirmed the FONOP Monday afternoon with worldwide media, stating that the operation was conducted "to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by global law".

The operation was carried out "in order to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by worldwide law", Cdr.

China claims almost all of the South China Sea, though Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all claim parts of it.

Communist superpower China claims ownership over nearly all of the South China Sea - frequently slamming the United States and its allies for naval operations in the territory.

Speaking at a meeting of the Atlantic Council in Washington last week, Admiral John Richardson, chief of US Naval Operation, called for firmer rules governing naval encounters in disputed waters such as the South China Sea.

Shortly after that operation, China accused the United States of trespassing in its territorial waters - and said it had deployed missiles "capable of targeting medium and large ships". The US labelled the Chinese warship's actions unsafe and unprofessional, while Beijing said the US was threatening the safety and sovereignty of China. In September, a Chinese warship came within just 45 yards of a USA destroyer, raising concerns about the possibility of tensions boiling over into conflict.

The two countries have traded barbs over what U.S. said was Beijing's military installation building on artificial islands and reefs. China claims a large part of the South China Sea, and has built artificial islands and air bases there, prompting concern around the region and in Washington.

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