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>> A US-guided missile destroyer on Monday sailed near disputed islands in the South China Sea, in what Beijing called a provocation. As US officials joined talks in China during a truce in a bitter trade war. The USS McCampbell carried out a quote, freedom of navigation operation. Sailing within 12 nautical miles of the Paracel Island chain, quote, to challenge excessive maritime claims.
A Pacific Fleet spokeswoman said in a statement, a spokesperson for China's foreign ministry called the naval maneuver a violation of international law.>>
> We urge the United States to immediately cease this kind of provocation. China will continue to take necessary measures to defend its national sovereignty and security.
>> Asked about the timing of the operation during trade talks, the spokesperson said resolving issues would benefit the two countries and the world. The statement came as trade talks between China and the United States were underway in Beijing. The first round of face to face discussions since both sides agreed to a 90 day truce in a trade war that has roiled international markets.
US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in December. Agreed to put on hold a spiraling trade dispute of tit for tat import tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of goods. On Sunday, Trump said he believed his tariffs would produce a beneficial trade deal.>> I spoke to President Xi recently, I really believe that we wanna make a deal of the tariffs that absolutely hit China very badly.
>> US officials are meeting their counterparts in Beijing for face to face meetings this week. But so far a few details have emerged from the talks, which are scheduled to run through Tuesday.