People need to know what is truly going on in the world, the Kavanaugh witch hunt is masking the global tensions. ~ Badger
WASHINGTON — While the Trump administration takes a victory lap in the wake of the new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, relations between the U.S. and China, the world’s second-largest economy, continue to intensify.
In the latest sign of the increasingly fraught ties, the Pentagon has canceled Defense Secretary James Mattis’ visit to China later this month, said a U.S. defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, CNBC reports.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was expected to meet his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Wei Fenghe, for security talks this month, however, the Pentagon decided to cancel the meeting due to “security risks”.
NEW: Reuters: China has canceled a security meeting w/ US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis that had been planned for October, a senior US official said Sunday, days after a top Chinese official said there was no reason to panic over tensions b/t the countries.
Neither China nor the U.S. has released any statements on the cancelled meeting.
NEW: Reuters: China has canceled a security meeting w/ US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis that had been planned for October, a senior US official said Sunday, days after a top Chinese official said there was no reason to panic over tensions b/t the countries. https://t.co/zhEgtJ94oT
— Evan Rosenfeld (@Evan_Rosenfeld) October 1, 2018
A U.S. warship sailed Sunday near two contested Chinese man-made islands in the South China Sea, the location where Beijing has built up military fortifications despite a pledge not to do so, a U.S. defense official told Fox News.
The “guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) conducted a freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea to uphold the rights and freedoms of all states under international law. Decatur sailed within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson Reefs in the Spratly Islands,” the U.S. official, who declined to be identified, said in a statement.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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