US Considers Intensifying Naval Patrols in South China Sea

China general slams 'irresponsible comments' on South China Sea

In comments at the Shangri-La Dialogue, an worldwide security forum in Singapore over the weekend, Mattis said Beijing's moves were created to intimidate other countries in the region.

"When it comes down to introducing what they have done in the South China Sea, there are consequences", said Mattis. He said he would visit Beijing soon at China's invitation.

Mattis responded that the question reflected a fundamental disconnect with the way worldwide tribunals have spoken on the matter.

And in a symbolic move recognizing the growing importance of the Indian Ocean, the U.S. military on Wednesday renamed its Pacific Command the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.

The United States is considering intensified naval patrols in the South China Sea to counter what it sees as China's militarization of the strategic waterway, a move that could further increase tensions with Beijing, officials say. The world's second largest economy is boosting its military capabilities there and analysts say there's really not a whole lot the USA can do about it.

The previous week the USA had withdrawn an invitation for Beijing to participate in the exercise known as Rim of the Pacific.

China advocates the concept of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security, takes win-win cooperation as the core of new worldwide relations based on partnerships instead of alliances, and strives to pursue a new path of security which is built by all, shared by all, win-win for all and safeguarded by all, He said.

The Pentagon chief gave only a brief mention of the negotiations for the planned June 12 summit in Singapore between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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And former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad was appointed USA ambassador to China in part because of his agricultural ties. In the fiscal year that ended September 30, the US government collected $34.6 billion in customs duties and fees.

Mr Mattis only made a glancing reference to North Korea, reiterating that it was a diplomatically led effort and the objective remained the "complete verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula".

When U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis takes the stage Saturday at a major Asia-Pacific security summit, he's widely expected to deliver a stern criticism of recent Chinese actions in the South China Sea. He Lei was quoted by AFP as saying that "Any irresponsible comments from other countries can not be accepted". It was the latest freedom of navigation operation created to challenge Beijing's claims.

In recent years, the US had sought to stabilize military relations with China, but the militarization of the islands has been a persistent point of conflict. But while other countries have built military features and artificial islands, none come close to matching Beijing's in scale or ambition, which stretch hundreds of miles south and east from its most southerly province of Hainan.

Beijing sent a relatively low-level delegation to this year's Shangri-La forum, which was dominated by the United States and its allies.

"The Chinese People's Liberation Army has the determination, confidence and ability to safeguard China's sovereignty, security, unity and development interest".

At the same news conference, ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang also confirmed China's development of its latest-model type 055 guided missile destroyer, which weighs 10,000 tons and features both stealth design and a land-attack capability.

"The US will continue to pursue a constructive, results-oriented relationship with China, cooperating when possible and competing vigorously where we must. of course we recognise any sustainable Indo-Pacific order has a role for China", he said.

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