US warning on the South China Sea tension, “If free nations do nothing then China will occupy more and more area” - Daily Current fairs

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Monday, 27 July 2020

US warning on the South China Sea tension, “If free nations do nothing then China will occupy more and more area”

US warning on the South China Sea tension, “If free nations do nothing then China will occupy more and more area”

In one of the United States' strongest v strikes on Beijing's illegal territorial claims in the strategic waters of the South China Sea, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday stressed that Washington's policy in the region is clear. The disputed region in the South China Sea (SCS) is "not a maritime kingdom of China". Pompeo said in a tweet, "United States policy is clear, the South China Sea is not China's maritime empire. If Beijing violates international law and the Free Nations do nothing, then the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) began to take more territory easily as we see from history shows. China Sea disputes should be resolved through international law. "



The South China Sea is divided into three archipelagoes. China claims almost the entire South China Sea as its sovereign territory and has aggressively claimed its share in recent years. The statement comes weeks after the United States officially rejected China's claims for offshore resources in most areas of the South China Sea, calling Beijing's campaign of bullying "completely illegal".


Earlier Mike Pompeo stated the US position on maritime claims in the South China Sea, stating that the Chinese government had no legal basis for unilaterally placing its will on the region.



Washington announced that it was aligning the US position on the Chinese government's claims in the South China Sea with the 2016 Arbitral Tribunal ruling. The Trump administration has tightened its stance towards Beijing, particularly as relations between the two superpowers have worsened due to the Coronavirus epidemic, as well as China's coercive dealings with its neighbors, including India.

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