The US military is reportedly planning to send US warships, combat aircraft, and troops through the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait in November in a series of exercises created to send a message to Beijing. That has increased the risk of unsafe encounters on the high seas, adding one more irritant to relations that have deteriorated sharply because of the decision by President Donald Trump's administration to to impose tariffs on many imports from China.
Washington sees the Decataur's mission as part of an effort to counter Beijing's desire to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, where Chinese, Japanese and some south-east Asian navies operate.
Vice President Mike Pence launched a broad attack against Beijing Thursday, accusing China of "predatory" economic practices, military aggression against the USA and of trying to undermine President Donald Trump and harm his chances of winning re-election.
The speech, which will likely strain relations further, came days after a Chinese military vessel almost collided with a US Navy ship in the waters around the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
The U.S. would 'continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere global law allows, ' said Gorman, the Pacific Fleet spokesman.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to visit Beijing next week amid tensions over trade and China's territorial claims in the South China Sea.
"Australia. played a very constructive role in all of these affairs and we'll continue to do that in a very sober, a very mature and a very measured way, in a way that would seek to de-escalate any issues rather than escalate", Mr Morrison said.
However, the US sent vessels to enter the China South Sea without permission, threatening China's sovereignty and security and harming the two countries' and militaries' relationship, as well as the region's peace and stability. We will not be intimidated.More news: Kate Middleton Returns to Garden With Kids for a Good Cause
"The US side repeatedly sends military ships without permission into seas close to South China Sea islands, seriously threatening China's sovereignty and security, seriously damaging Sino-US military ties and seriously harming regional peace and stability", the ministry said. Britain, France and Japan have also conducted operations there in recent months, creating what many in China view as a coordinated campaign.
A Chinese warship came perilously close to colliding with a United States Navy destroyer in the South China Sea on Sunday.
The defence officials further asserted that the USA does not want to engage in any military skirmishes with China.
"Today, that country is offering hundreds of billions of dollars in infrastructure loans to governments from Asia to Africa to Europe to even Latin America".
"Taiwan's embrace of democracy shows a better path for all the Chinese people", Pence will say.
Beijing has extended a lifeline to "the corrupt and incompetent Maduro regime in Venezuela", pledging $5bn in loans that can be repaid with oil, the speech says.
China's defense and foreign ministries each released statements Tuesday sharply criticizing the United States, though not disputing details of the USA accusations involving the Decatur. "FONOPs are not about any one country, nor are they about making political statements".