Chinese President Xi Jinping honeymoon period with U.S. President Donald Trump appears to have ended as Washington has started to confront Beijing in South China Sea, entered into a $1.4 billion arms sale deal to Taiwan, labeled China one of the world’s worst human traffickers and imposed sanctions on a Chinese bank for doing business with North Korea.
The tensions between China and U.S. increased when two U.S. long-range supersonic bombers flew over the disputed South China Sea as Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to meet President Donald Trump on the sidelines of G-20 summit at Hamburg in Germany on Friday.
“China resolutely opposes individual countries using the banner of freedom of navigation and over flight to flaunt military force and security,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Friday.
The statement came after the U.S. Air Force confirmed on Friday that two B-1B Lancer bombers from Guam had flown over the disputed waterway Beijing dispatched military vessels & fighter jets to warn off US warship sailing near disputed waters.
China claims almost the entire South China Sea, despite competing claims by Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Brunei.
It is pertinent to mention that Trump met Jinping in Florida in April 2017 and described Xi as a “terrific person” with whom he had a “very good relationship. Trump sought China’s help in putting pressure on North Korea to end its nuclear and ballistic missile programme and withdrew U.S. pressure in other areas including the South China Sea and labeling China as a currency manipulator. However, the Trump administration has since said that it remains committed to the decades-long “one China” policy.
The arms sale decision coincided with the announcement of new sanctions on China’s Bank of Dandong, which the U.S. accuses of supporting North Korea’s financial aspect.
The U.S. has accused China of not being tough enough on North Korea’s nuclear and missiles tests since Beijing remains the country’s key source of diplomatic and economic support.