US Flies Bombers Over Disputed South China Sea

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

Mattis traveled to China in June in an attempt to deepen military-to-military dialogue with Beijing, even as Sino-U.S. trade tensions climb and anxiety in Washington grows over China's modernization of its armed forces and its increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea.

China has reacted angrily, and this week scrapped a USA warship's planned port visit to Hong Kong and cancelled a meeting between the head of the Chinese navy and his American counterpart.

China on Tuesday urged the United States to cancel the proposed $330-million (around Rs 2,300 crore) arms deal to Taiwan, accusing the sale of "severely violating the global law". The Chinese foreign ministry warned of "severe damage" to bilateral relations and cooperation if the sale announced Monday goes through. -China trade dispute. Each imposed new tariff increases on the other's goods Monday.

Washington justified the sale saying that will improve Taiwan's ability to defend itself without altering the basic military balance in Asia, where the USA is locking horns with Beijing for strategic dominance.

On Saturday, China summoned the US ambassador in Beijing and postponed joint military talks in protest against a USA decision to sanction a Chinese military agency and its director for buying Russian fighter jets and a surface-to-air missile system. "In China, they are debating how they can respond and there are hawks who say, 'we have to strike back'". -China tensions, following the cancellation of two separate scheduled bilateral meetings on trade and military-military exchange.

Weather Authority: Rain showers likely on Tuesday
Rain chances at 30% for Sunday with a high of 85, so the temperatures will drop a few degrees on Sunday compared to Saturday . A few storms could contain heavy rain which would create an isolated flash flood threat with how saturated the ground is.

All of this comes as other longstanding issues, such as the South China Sea and the Korean Peninsula, continue to weigh heavily on the relationship between the USA and China, two major powers with national interests often in conflict with one another. 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.

Mattis said he did not think there was a fundamental shift in relations between China and the United States.

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. The act targets Russia's defence and intelligence sectors, and was passed into law past year in response to Russian election interference, cyber attacks and aggression in Ukraine.

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, refused to talk specifically about the decision, but said China considered requests case by case.

China's Defense Ministry said the USA had no right to interfere in Chinese military cooperation with Russian Federation and demanded the sanctions be revoked.

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