Donald Trump open to China trade deadline extension

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will lead the delegation

Her comments come as trade representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin plan to travel to Beijing this week to continue talks just weeks before the end of the 90-day trade truce on March 1, 2019.

The US is "determined to stir up trouble in the South China Sea, create tension and undermine peace", Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a press briefing.

An airstrip, structures, and buildings on China's man-made Subi Reef in the Spratly chain of islands in the South China Sea.

Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia and Taiwan have competing claims in the region.

The operation was carried out "to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by worldwide law", Cmdr.

The objective was "to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways", as well as to show that the U.S. "will fly, sail, and operate wherever worldwide law allows", Cmdr.

With the US now pushing a plan of prioritizing spending on artificial intelligence research, it will be hard to talk China out of its policies to dominate advanced technologies.

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In January, the destroyer USS McCampbell sailed within 12 nautical miles of the Paracel Islands.

China then accused the United States of trespassing, and Chinese media announced it had deployed a "far-reaching anti-ship ballistic missile", the DF-26, that was "capable of targeting medium and large ships". "Spruance and Preble sailed within 12 nautical miles of the Spratly Islands in order to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by global law".

Facing an economic slowdown at home, the Chinese government has a strong motivation to address American demands and put an end to the trade war.

The rising military tension comes against the backdrop of an increasingly bitter trade war between China and the US.

Since then, the two countries have exchanged several rounds of trade tariffs.

How the Pentagon countered China's designs on Greenland / WSJ (paywall)"The Pentagon raised an alarm past year over what it deemed a troubling development in this ice-cloaked territory: China was looking to bankroll and build three airports that could give it a military foothold off Canada's coast". China has developed a military infrastructure, including long runways used by jet fighters and deploying anti-aircraft missiles, on what had been low-lying reefs.

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