China and the United States are set to face off over the South China Sea in the face of increasing tensions over Beijing’s assertive behavior.
President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping have made it clear that the two countries will not tolerate any interference by China in its territorial disputes.
But the Trump administration is considering using its veto power to prevent any agreement between the two nations that would allow for U.S. companies to trade with Chinese companies in the region.
Trump and Xi met in the Yellow Sea resort of Dalian on Thursday.
The leaders have a rocky relationship, and it was widely seen as a sign of Trump’s frustration with Xi.
But they did not discuss the South Asia conflict.
China is also embroiled in an ongoing dispute over disputed territory in the South and East China Seas, where China is building military facilities and building infrastructure in an effort to bolster its naval and air power.