“It’s not Chinese warships that are going to the coast of California or to the Gulf of Mexico. It’s so close to the Chinese islands and it is so close to the Chinese coast. So who is on the offensive, who is on the defensive? This is very clear,” Ambassador Cui Tiankai told the “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace” program, apparently referring to a US destroyer sailing near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Sept. 30, Reuters reported.
The US State Department also has recently approved the sale to Taiwan of spare parts for F-16 fighter planes and other military aircraft worth up to $330 million, prompting China to warn that the move jeopardized Sino-US cooperation.
Beijing and Washington also are locked in a spiraling trade war that has seen them level increasingly severe rounds of tariffs on each other’s imports.
On the military front, China has been infuriated by the United States putting sanctions on the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) for buying weapons from Russia, and by what Beijing sees as stepped-up US support for Taiwan, which it considers a breakaway province to be brought back into its fold.