A US Navy guided-missile destroyer on Monday sailed near disputed islands in the South China Sea where Beijing has built military installations, sparking anger in China as trade talks between the two countries kicked off.
U.S. Navy Destroyer, the USS McCampbell, conducted a freedom of Navigation operation (FONOP) in the South China Sea on Monday, Jan. 7, which quickly drew an angry response from Beijing.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, left, shakes hands with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He as they pose for photographers after their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, June 3, 2018.
Asked about the timing of the operation during trade talks, Lu said resolving issues would benefit the two countries and the world.
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Ross, in an interview on CNBC, said the talks in Beijing would help determine whether trade differences between the world's two largest economies could be resolved through negotiations.
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Few details have emerged from the trade talks, which are scheduled to run through Tuesday.
The US delegation, led by deputy USTR Jeffrey Gerrish, includes representatives from the departments of energy, agriculture, treasury and commerce.
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China and US officials started negotiations Monday in the first face-to-face meetings since Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed in early December on a 90-day truce.
Trump said last week, "I think we'll have a deal with China".
The US and its allies periodically send planes and warships through the area, which is claimed by China, to signal to Beijing their right under global law to pass through the waters. "China has the good faith, on the basis of mutual respect and equality, to resolve the bilateral trade frictions".
A member of the US trade delegation to China, carries a folder as he leaves a hotel in Beijing, Jan. 7, 2019. There are concerns that USA growth, 3.4 percent in the third quarter, is also slowing even as the country's unemployment rate remains almost at a five-decade low. The Chinese side firmly opposes the relevant action by the U.S. side and urges the USA to immediately stop such provocations.
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These include more Chinese purchases of U.S. goods and services to reduce a yawning trade gap, increased access to China's markets, stronger protection of intellectual property and a reduction in Beijing's subsidies to Chinese companies.