China warns United States of 'DISASTER' amid 'HIGH CHANCE' of warship collision

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Chinese politburo member Yang Jiechi and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe will take part in the talks, a statement from US State Department said on Monday.

Addressing a joint press conference here on Friday, Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi said, "According to the U.S".

China and the United States should correctly judge each other's strategic intentions, and while China wanted to resolve problems via talks, the United States should respect China's choice of development path and legitimate interests, Xi added.

While the United States' representatives expressed their concern over what they referred to as growing militarization in the South China Sea and insisted that Beijing withdraw its missiles from the disputed Spratly Islands ("Nansha" in Chinese), Yang pointed out that China had "indisputable sovereignty" over the archipelago and its adjacent waters.

Mattis made clear that this demand go unheeded by Washington, which insists it is acting under worldwide law to preserve access for it and others to the South China Sea.

Top officials from both sides met each other over recent days to discuss the numerous disputes separating them, including China's aggressive claims over the South China Sea and the current trade conflict.

Yang said China was committed to "non-confrontation" but that Beijing had the right to build "necessary defense facilities" on what it considers its own territory and urged Washington to stop sending warships and military planes close to the islands that Beijing claims.

China's Defense Minister Wei Fenghe has issued a stern rebuke of the U.S. and warned that an accidental clash between the two countries could erupt in a global war.

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"Cooperation is the only option for us", Wei said.

"Even as the two countries (US and China) confront important differences in the bilateral relationship, their cooperation remains essential on many, many central issues", Mr. Pompeo said.

While the U.S. and others have pointed to China's construction of facilities in the South China Sea that effectively create military bases, Yang suggested said that if any country is militarizing the region, it is the US. Since July, China and the USA have imposed tariffs on half the annual imports from each other, followed by heated rhetoric and sabre rattling in the South China Sea. Beijing has retaliated with tariffs on $110 million worth of USA goods.

Pompeo said the USA had also expressed concern about China's approach to Taiwan, particularly its efforts to limit global engagement with the breakaway province.

He also singled out Trump's decision to pursue a trade war with Beijing, saying that "a trade war, instead of leading to any solution, will only end up hurting both sides and the global economy".

China and the US are now locked in an ongoing trade war as each country has introduced tariffs on goods traded between each other. Wang told Kissinger that China believes the two countries could properly resolve the trade dispute through dialogue.

Pompeo also reiterated US criticism of China's "repression of religious groups", citing treatment of Buddhists in Tibet and minority Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region that has drawn condemnation from human rights groups. "Their top priority is to stabilize relations", she said.

Yang defended China's policies in Xinjiang as measures against "ethnic separatist activities and violent terrorist crimes" but said it was a Chinese internal affair and foreign governments should not interfere. He signed the Taiwan Travel Act earlier this year, which encourages visits "at all levels" between US and Taiwanese officials.

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