'Aggressive' Chinese destroyer came within 45 yards of United States warship

Chinese warship comes within 45 yards of colliding with San Diego-based destroyer

Chinese warship comes within 45 yards of colliding with San Diego-based destroyer

The operation was conducted to 'uphold the rights and freedoms of all states under worldwide law.

Relations between the US and China have deteriorated over an escalating trade dispute.

The Chinese destroyer "conducted a series of increasingly aggressive maneuvers accompanied by warnings for Decatur to depart the area", Gorman said in an emailed statement.

In an official statement, the US Navy said Lanzhou came within 40m of the American vessel during the September 30 incident. The encounter Sunday occurred within 12 nautical miles of Gaven Reef, a pair of outcroppings in the sea that China has expanded and fortified with weaponry since 2014.

Senior Chinese officials, Mr. Pence will say, pushed business leaders to condemn USA trade actions and in one instance threatened to deny a business license for a major US corporation if it refused to speak out against USA administration policies. US Navy photos first obtained by the maritime-focused news site gCaptain and confirmed to CNN by three American officials show just how close the Chinese destroyer got to the US ship.

The operation also comes as military ties between the two countries have dived, with China also angered by USA sanctions on China's military for buying Russian arms and by United States support for self-ruled Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its own.

Beijing, Oct 4 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit China on October 8 to hold talks with top Chinese leaders amid escalating tension between the world's two largest economies over trade and Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea.

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US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday he did not see relations between the United States and China worsening, a day after his trip to China was canceled.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for cool heads to prevail amid rising tensions between Beijing and Washington after a near miss between a U.S. and Chinese warship in the South China Sea. Washington has no official relations with Taiwan's democratically elected government but is obliged by US law to see that it has the means to defend itself.

Mike Pence, the United States vice president, will sharpen criticism of Chinese foreign policy with a blunt warning on Thursday that Washington will not back away from what it sees as Beijing's intimidatory tactics in the South China Sea.

Australia's military began a two-week multilateral security exercise in the South China Sea on Tuesday.

And Beijing also opposes a USA decision to issue a visa ban and assets freeze on China's Equipment Development Department and its director, Li Shangfu. It's one of the seven reefs and shoals that China's transformed into man-made island fortresses, seizures rejected by worldwide courts and disputed by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Taiwan.

Last week, Beijing canceled two high-level security meetings with U.S. defence officials, and warned of "consequences" towards the U.S. due to sanctions over Russian military equipment.

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