China demanded that the United States on Monday no longer tighten its muscles in the South China Sea and avoid "new uncertainties" over Taiwan during high-level talks that highlighted tensions between the two world powers.  Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe's remarks to US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper by a Chinese spokesman came only two weeks after a high-ranking White House official denounced Chinese "intimidation" in the crucial waterway.
It also came one day after Esper publicly accused Beijing of "increasingly resorting to coercion and intimidation in the region to further its strategic goals."
During closed talks on the sidelines of a meeting of Defense Ministers in Bangkok, Wei Esper called for "stopping to flex muscles in the South China Sea and not provoke and escalate tensions in the South China Sea," spokesman Wu Qian said.
China claims almost all the high-energy waters of the South China Sea, where it has built artificial islands to build military outposts. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims to parts of the sea.
The US accuses China of gathering its military in the South China Sea and trying to intimidate its Asian neighbors.
China is upset by so-called "Freedom of Navigation" operations by US ships in the disputed seas.
On the specific question of what Wei expects differently from the United States, and whether this includes the cessation of such navigational freedoms, Wu said, "We urge the US side not to intervene in the South China Sea and the military stop provocation in the South China Sea. "
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The two men also discussed Taiwan, a self-governing democratic island claimed by China when China confirmed it Monday that his first domestically built aircraft carrier had crossed the Taiwan Strait as part of a "routine" training. Taiwan 's defense ministry said Sunday that a group of Chinese ships, led by the aircraft carrier, had driven through the sensitive road. Englisch: www.germnews.com/archive/eng/news_2006.html Carrier crossed the sensitive waters on Sunday before entering the South China Sea for the purpose of "scientific research tests and routine training," Marine spokesman Cheng Dewei said official social media account.
Cheng said that it is "normal practice" for transport companies under construction to conduct cross-regional testing.
"It's not geared to a specific goal and has nothing to do with the current situation," Cheng said without elaborating on it.
The American and Japanese ships were not mentioned.
Taiwan has accused the mainland. which considers the democratically governed island to be an unpredictable province of intimidation ahead of the presidential elections in January.