U.S. and China are on the verge of conflict, which is called, a more confrontational relationship in Southeast Asia. The relation between the two nations becomes more tense as Washington threatens of intrusive response to the militarisation of disputed islands in the South China Sea.
The U.S. Secretary of Defence James Mattis, in the Shangri-La Dialogue, warned that there are "much larger consequences" in the future from China's moves to install weapons systems on islands in the sea, making an indication that China will have to face penalties for "intimidation and coercion".
In a report by CNBC: The defence said. "I believe there are much larger consequences in the future when nations lose the rapport of their neighbours, when they believe that piling mountainous debts on their neighbours and somehow removing the freedom of political action is the way to engage with them."
According to officials, the South China Sea conflict is a mean to ensure that China must respect its neighbours and, moreover, cooperate with U.S.
Twice —in July 2017 and again in March 2018—China strong armed Vietnam, with the threat of force, into suspending two natural gas drilling projects on the country's own continental shelf.
The Diplomat stated that, following news of China's deployment of electronic warfare equipment, anti-ship missiles, and surface-to-air missiles to the Spratly Islands, and its first-ever landing of an H-6K strategic bomber in the South China Sea, the United States not only staged the first-ever known FONOP using two warships, but also disinvited the People's Liberation Army-Navy (PLAN) from the upcoming Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 naval exercise.
The United States is considering intensified naval patrols in the South China Sea in a bid to challenge China's growing militarisation of the waterway, actions that could further raise the stakes in one of the world's most volatile areas.
"If the United States introduces trade sanctions including tariffs, all the economic and trade achievements negotiated by the two parties will be void," said the statement, which was carried by the official Xinhua News Agency.
Two of US B-52 Bombers were flown over the vicinity of Spartly Islands in south China sea few days after Secretary of Defense James Mattis called Beijing out over its militarization of the islands, making clear the US has no plans to leave the region.