US B-52s fly over South and East China Seas

China denies US request for port call to Hong Kong, report says

China has denied a request for a US warship to visit Hong Kong, the USA consulate in the Chinese city said on Tuesday, amid rising tension between Beijing and Washington over trade and a USA decision to sanction the Asian nation's military.

"The Chinese Government did not approve a request for a US port visit to Hong Kong by the USS Wasp", a consulate spokeswoman said.

China on Tuesday asked the USA to cancel the proposed $330-million arms deal with Taiwan, warning "severe damage" to bilateral ties, peace and stability in the region.

Reacting angrily against the USA arms sale to Taiwan, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told media here on Tuesday that Washington should cancel the deal immediately. -China trade dispute. Each imposed tariff increases on the other's goods Monday, and Beijing accused the Trump administration of bullying.

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China has continued to develop artificial islands in the South China Sea, curbing the territorial waters of its neighbours while expanding its own.

Locked in an intensifying trade war, both Washington and Beijing have targeted one another with hundreds of billions of dollars in punitive trade tariffs. The U.S. also recently issued sanctions on China after discovering the country had bought fighter jets from Russian Federation and a surface-to-air missile system.

China has never renounced the use of force to bring what it sees as a wayward province under its control. "In China, they are debating how they can respond and there are hawks who say, 'we have to strike back'". The nation has spent years trying to protect its claim by building military installations on artificially created islands, replete with naval vessels, nuclear bombers, and fighter jets. In his address Tuesday to the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Trump thanked Chinese President Xi Jinping for his assistance with the North Korea problem, but he also blasted China for what he called unfair use of global trade rules to diminish U.S.jobs and deepen USA trade deficits.

A Pentagon spokesman, Army Lt. Col. Dave Eastburn, said China informed the Pentagon that the chief of the Chinese navy has been recalled to Beijing, canceling a planned meeting with his American Navy counterpart at the Pentagon after visiting a naval conference at Newport, Rhode Island.

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Three months ago, US Defence Secretary James Mattis attempted a reset of relations with China, pledging to "keep our relationship on the right trajectory".

In a further act of retaliation, China turned down a request for an October port call in Hong Kong by the U.S. Navy's amphibious assault ship USS Wasp.

Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang summoned US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad over the sanctions.

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