Deputy Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin reiterated China’s position that its construction of artificial islands in the sea was designed to “provide public service” to the region.
“For the sake of regional stability the claimants should halt reclamation, construction and militarisation of disputed areas,” Obama said at a meeting.
The Pentagon did not confirm the incident but said there was an effort by Chinese controllers to reach out to one B-52 bomber.
Xi said some “Chinese” islands are currently being “occupied” by other countries, but vowed that China’s intentions were peaceful. “What we in China believe… is that the strong and rich should not bully the weak and poor,” he said.
“China is a growing military power in this region. That’s natural. It’s a big country. It’s a country that’s trying to develop itself economically,” US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter.
The two communist-led states have competing claims in the South China Sea, which came to a head last year with Beijing’s parking of an oil rig in waters off the Vietnamese coast, leading to anti-China riots.
The Lassen had joined the carrier strike group the night before, ahead of a visit to the Theodore Roosevelt by U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, who while on board blamed China for rising tension in the region.
Manohar Parrikar added that India hoped that the Code of Conduct on the SCS would be concluded at an early date by consensus.
Carter’s visit could add to worsening discord between Washington and Beijing over Chinese claims to virtually the entire South China Sea.
“It was clearly an issue of discussion and an issue of concern by countries in the meeting, because everybody raised it,” Carter told a news conference.
Beijing considers any criticism of its disputed claims and the island-building campaign as a challenge to its sovereignty.
US commander said their Navy’s challenge last week to China’s sovereignty claims in the South China Sea was not designed as a military threat.
In South China Sea, while the US Navy is expected to keep its technological edge in Asia for decades, China’s potential trump card is sheer weight of numbers,
“It’s about preserving our own national security interests in that part of the world, the national security interests of our allies and partners,” said John Kirby.
That patrol eventually took place on Tuesday when the USS Lassen, a guided-missile destroyer, sailed within 12 nautical miles of Subi Reef, triggering an angry rebuke from China and threatening to ratchet up tensions between the world’s two biggest economies