In a call with a Chinese counterpart, the Pentagon chief expressed concern about Beijing’s activity in the South China Sea

FILE PHOTO: US Secretary of State Mark Osho said during a news conference at the US Department after July 28, 2020 in Washington, DC, July 28, 2020. Via Brendan Smilowski / Pool REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US Defense Minister Mark Osho expressed concern about Beijing’s “destabilizing” activity near Beijing and the South China Sea, in a call with Chinese Defense Minister Wei Feng, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

US-China relations have deteriorated sharply this year as calls on a range of issues, including dealing with Beijing’s coronovirus, telecommunications equipment maker Huawei [HWT.UL], China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, and Hong Kong dominates.

Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman told reporters that Secretary GRE also noted the importance that the PRC (People’s Republic of China) complies with international laws, rules and norms and fulfills its international commitments.

He also reiterated the importance of a constructive and stable relationship.

China’s state-run Xinhua news agency said, “Wei … has prevented the wrong words and deeds in favor of the US and improved the management and control of maritime risks, avoiding taking dangerous steps and protecting regional peace and stability.” requested.”

This is the first call between the two since March.

China has claimed that the Chinese-island nation has visited Taiwan on its behalf for an official visit to the US in four decades.

Reporting by Idris Ali and Phil Stewart; Editing by Chris Reese and Jonathan Otis

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