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China Says It Drove Away U.S. Cruiser Near Spratly Islands
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China Says It Drove Away U.S. Cruiser Near Spratly Islands

BEIJING (Reuters) -China's military said on Tuesday it drove away a U.S. guided-missile cruiser that "illegally intruded" into waters near the South China Sea's Spratly Islands."The actions of the U.S. military seriously violated China's sovereignty and security," said Tian Junli, spokesman for the Southern Theatre Command of the People's Liberation Army.The ship in question, the USS Chancellorsville guided missile cruiser, had recently sailed through the Taiwain Strait.There was no immediate comment from the U.S. military.Tian said the U.S. cruiser's intrusion showed that the United States was a "security risk maker" in the South China Sea and "is another iron-clad proof of its hegemony in the navigation and militarization of the South China Sea".Political Cartoons on World Leaders Chi...
U.S., China Defence Ministers Meet for Second Time This Year
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U.S., China Defence Ministers Meet for Second Time This Year

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - The Chinese and U.S. defence ministers met for their second face-to-face talks this year on Tuesday, a U.S. official said, in a meeting that was not expected to lead to major breakthroughs but could touch on the importance of crisis communication and their opposing views on Taiwan.While U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met Chinese Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe in Singapore in June, this is their first meeting since a visit to Taiwan by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in August enraged China, which regards the island as its territory. The meeting is taking place on the sidelines of an ASEAN defence ministers' gathering in Siem Reap, Cambodia.A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the meeting between the two started at 10am local time (03...