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WorldPentagon says China missile test in South China Sea 'disturbing'

00:40  03 july  2019
00:40  03 july  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Chinese military conducts anti-ship ballistic missile tests in the hotly contested South China Sea

Chinese military conducts anti-ship ballistic missile tests in the hotly contested South China Sea The development comes as the United States and China have paused tensions in their ongoing trade battle. U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed over the weekend at the G-20 summit in Japan to not impose new tariffs on each other's goods. A burgeoning trade deal between the two countries fell through in the beginning of May. The South China Sea, which is home to more than 200 specks of land, serves as a gateway to global sea routes where approximately $3.4 trillion of trade passes annually.

The Chinese carried out the first test over the weekend, firing off at least one missile into the sea , one official said . The window for testing remains open until July 3, and the official expects the Chinese military to test again before it closes. While the U.S. military has ships in the South China Sea , they

The South China Sea , which is home to more than 200 specks of land, serves as a gateway to The Chinese carried out the first test over the weekend, firing off at least one missile into the sea , one official said . The Pentagon did not immediately respond to CNBC and NBC's requests for comment.

Pentagon says China missile test in South China Sea 'disturbing'© Thomson Reuters The Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan operates with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter carrier JS Izumo (R) in South China Sea June 11, 2019. Picture taken June 11, 2019. Courtesy JMSDF/U.S. Navy/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Tuesday a recent Chinese missile launch in the South China Sea was "disturbing" and contrary to Chinese pledges that it would not militarize the disputed waterway.

The South China Sea is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, which include a trade war, U.S. sanctions and Taiwan.

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And what they've done - the Pentagon is saying the Chinese have put what are called HQ-9 surface-to-air missiles . He did a briefing, and he said that this represents a militarization of the South China Sea . And I think it's important for people back in the States to remember that these are really crucial

WASHINGTON — China has been conducting a series of anti-ship ballistic missile tests in the hotly contested waters of the South China Sea , according to two U.S. officials with knowledge of the matter. The Pentagon did not immediately respond to CNBC and NBC's requests for comment.

China and the United States have repeatedly traded barbs in the past over what Washington says is Beijing's militarization of the South China Sea by building military installations on artificial islands and reefs.

A U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said China tested multiple anti-ship ballistic missiles over the weekend.

"Of course the Pentagon was aware of the Chinese missile launch from the man-made structures in the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands," Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Dave Eastburn said.

"I'm not going to speak on behalf of all the sovereign nations in the region, but I'm sure they agree that the PRC's behavior is contrary to its claim to want to bring peace to the region and obviously actions like this are coercive acts meant to intimidate other (South China Sea) claimants," Eastburn added. PRC is an acronym for the People's Republic of China.

China's claims in the South China Sea, through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes each year are contested by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.

News of the China missile test was first reported by NBC News.

(Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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