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China and the United States resumed their high-level talks aimed at bringing to an end a volatile business relationship. The two have the largest economies in the world. They have expressed their willingness to bring to an end the existing friction. However, analysts claim that the US is not consistent; hence there is little or no hope of the duo striking an agreement.

In a twist of events, China has lashed out at the US Taiwan and the South China Sea. According to Wei Fenghe, the Chinese Defense Minister, the US is stretching its muscles in the disputed region. Fenghe was addressing his US counterpart Mark Esper during a face-to-face meeting of defense ministers held in Bangkok.

The two have regularly confronted each other over the disputed sea

Militaries from the two countries have, on several occasions, confronted each other over the South China Sea. From one end, China says that the region is its sovereign territory whereby it is claiming all the energy-rich waters. In a rejoinder, the US has accused China of intimidation and militarizing the South China Sea.

Esper added that Beijing is not happy with the presence of the U.S. Navy in the South China Sea. This was echoed by his spokesman Jonathan Hoffman who said in a statement, “…the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows — and we will encourage and protect the rights of other sovereign nations to do the same.”

But there is a need to enhance a stable region and world

Despite the strategic rivalry between China and the US, the two defense chiefs are aware of the need to maintain health cooperation. Wu mentioned that military-to-military relations were very significant in sustaining a peaceful border relationship.

Meanwhile, the US has put Hong Kong on the spot regarding the ongoing anti-government protests. They have not only claimed thousands of lives, but they have also had a great impact on the economy. Hundreds of protesters have been arrested, including university and secondary students. Nonetheless, the extradition bill, which sparked the spiraling crisis, has since been withdrawn, but the protesters continue to riot over police brutality.