Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to visit Beijing amid tension

Chinese warship comes within 45 yards of colliding with San Diego-based destroyer

The speech, which will likely strain relations further, came days after a Chinese military vessel almost collided with a US Navy ship in the waters around the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

Pacific Fleet said the incident, which occurred near the Gaven Reef in the South China Sea, involved a Chinese Luyang class destroyer.

ABC News also added that according to another USA official, the Chinese warship was initially about 500 yards on the Decatur's port side then moved ahead of the Decatur and cut across the American destroyer's bow at a distance of 45 yards (135 feet).

Pence will say the USA intelligence community has determined that China is targeting U.S. state and local governments and officials to exploit any divisions between federal and local levels on policy.

The pictures were taken by a U.S. Navy aircraft but were posted online by the blog.

The proposal, which comes at a time of heightened tensions between the U.S. and China, has yet to be approved. Beijing also denied a request for a US Navy ship to make a port call at Hong Kong. But Beijing vehemently objects to USA ships sailing within 12 nautical miles (22 kilometers) of the outposts.

The Chinese ship "conducted a series of increasingly aggressive maneuvers", coming within 45 yards of the bow of the Decatur, a guided-missile cruiser on what the Pentagon described as a routine mission in global waters.

'It's like slamming on the brakes and turning to the right to avoid a crash on the road, ' he said.

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"The Chinese ship certainly violated the rules of the road", Schuster said.

The Chinese defense ministry said October 2 it opposes the US warship's entry into the waters "around China's islands and reefs".

"It is a serious threat to the sovereignty and security of China, will damage seriously the relations between China, the United States and their armed forces, and gravely undermines peace and regional stability", said chinese authorities.

Sunday's near-collision comes after weeks of friction between Washington and Beijing over a range of issues.

Meanwhile, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said on Monday he did not see Sino-US relations worsening, a day after his trip to China was cancelled. "There's tension points in the relationship, but based on discussions coming out of NY last week and other things that we have coming up, we do not see it getting worse", Mattis told reporters traveling with him to Paris, reported Associated Press. It also denied a request by another USA warship, the USS Wasp, to make a port visit in Hong Kong.

The Navy described the encounter Sunday in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea as "an unsafe and unprofessional maneuver".

Also last week the U.S. flew B-52 bombers over the South China Sea and East China Sea.

Instead, it considers the waters and airspace to be global and regularly conducts what it calls "freedom of navigation operations" in which warships and aircraft travel through disputed zones in order to demonstrate this.

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