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12:00 AM, February 14, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 14, 2020

China threatens stability in the Pacific: US commander

China is threatening the sovereignty of small Pacific Islands and undermining the region's stability, a top U.S. military commander said on Thursday, in comments likely to inflame tension with China.

U.S.-China relations improved in January with the signing of a trade deal that defused an 18-month row that has hit global growth but strains remain.

Admiral Philip Davidson - commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command - said the United States "was all in" to counter China in the Pacific, citing its "excessive territorial claims, debt trap diplomacy, violations of international agreements, theft of international property, military intimidation and outright corruption".

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