US President Donald Trump on Wednesday slammed his predecessor Barack Obama for being "impotent" and not stopping China from expanding its influence in the South China Sea, saying the Chinese Navy was now posing a confrontational challenge for America in the disputed region.
President Trump's remarks came hours after he was briefed at the White House by secretary of state Mike Pompeo on his meetings with the top Chinese leadership in Beijing this week.
He said the Chinese Navy was now posing a confrontational challenge for America in the disputed region.
China is engaged in hotly contested territorial disputes in the South China Sea, and with Japan in the East China Sea. Both the areas are stated to be rich in minerals, oil and other natural resources. They are also vital to global trade.