In se­cu­rity talks, China bluntly warns US

The Telegraph (Macon) - - News -

China bluntly told the United States to stop send­ing ships and mil­i­tary air­craft close to is­lands claimed by Bei­jing in the South China Sea, dur­ing talks Fri­day that set the stage for a meet­ing be­tween Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping later this month in Ar­gentina.

The U.S. pushed back against China, in­sist­ing the U.S. Navy will con­tinue to “fly, sail and op­er­ate wher­ever in­ter­na­tional law al­lows.” In late Septem­ber near a dis­puted reef, a Chi­nese de­stroyer nearly col­lided with the USS De­catur.

Both sides on Fri­day stressed the need to tamp down ten­sions.

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