WASHINGTON — U.S., Chinese officials say, are in a rice lake in northwestern China to supply the United States with rice.
China, a major exporter of rice, and the United State have long maintained a cold war relationship over the disputed Spratly Islands.
U to supply to U. S. with frozen rice in China’s rice lake source The Associated Press article WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.
— The United States and China have a cold, hostile relationship that has caused tension between the two nations in recent years, officials said Monday.
Officials said the U.s. military is training Chinese soldiers to fight in Syria and the Pentagon is training Japanese troops in Okinawa, home to more than 2,000 U. s. service members stationed there.
They also said U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has requested that China suspend a $4 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia.
“China has taken steps to tighten its control over the flow of raw materials and weapons from its ports to the Middle East, and it is continuing to take steps to expand its presence in the Horn of Africa,” said Daniel Czin, a spokesman for the State Department.
Guterres met Monday with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, who said Beijing will suspend the deal.
But the officials said it is unclear whether Guterresh will get the same response from China.
Chinese authorities in January announced they were sending a team to the United Kingdom to train local police in the use of high-powered weapons and the use for self-defense of civilians.
The meeting, attended by Guterre and Wang, comes as China continues to seek to deepen its influence over the Horn, where it has long been a major power and is also engaged in military exercises.
In the past two months, Chinese officials have visited several African countries, including Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Ivory Coast.