On Monday, Mike Pompeo, United States Secretary of State, declared an official rejection of most of China’s sea claims in the South China Sea, the recent action in the escalation between China and the U.S.
Explaining the action as strengthening the United States policy, the leading American diplomat declared that China’s claims to offshore resources all across the South China Sea are totally unlawful, as its campaign of oppression to control them.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a formal rejection of “most” of China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea, the latest in the escalation between Washington and Beijing https://t.co/rcAnVoBKPJ
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In a lengthy statement, Mike Pompeo said that the world will not permit China to behave the South China Sea as its sea territory. U.S. stands with Southeast Asian partners and allies to secure their sovereign rights to offshore resources, consistent with their obligations and rights under international law.
China claims approximately all of the 1.3 million square mile South-China-Sea as sovereign territory and, in the previous few years, has made military fortifications on many islands.
Besides this, particular islands and water in the South-China-Sea are claimed by many islands and states that covered it, including Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, and self-governing Taiwan.
China has hindered commercial actions like fishing and mineral exploration by some of those nations when it stakes ownership of that area it belonged to Beijing for hundreds of years.
Previous Monday, the Chinese Embassy located in Washington had severe words for the announcement of Mike Pompeo calling the allegation totally baseless.
The United States distorts the realities and international law, exaggerates the condition in the area, and tries to sow discord between other seaside countries and China.
Beijing even alleged Washington of ramping up difficulties and inciting confrontation in an area where it’s not straightly involved in the disputes.
Mike Pompeo’s action on Monday was pretty significant, described by Gregory Poling, who is a senior member at Southeast Asia and director of the AMTI (Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.