U.S. declares many of China’s maritime claims ‘unlawful’ as Beijing imposes sanctions on U.S. senators

  July 13, 2020   News Stories

Months of growing animosity between Beijing and Washington escalated again Monday, when China slapped sanctions on four U.S. officials — including three Republican members of Congress — and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared most of China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea “completely unlawful.”

“The world will not allow Beijing to treat the South China Sea as its maritime empire,” Pompeo said in a statement, accusing China of a “campaign of bullying” to control contested offshore resources other countries in the region also lay claim to.

“America stands with our Southeast Asian allies and partners in protecting their sovereign rights to offshore resources, consistent with their rights and obligations under international law. We stand with the international community in defense of freedom of the seas and respect for sovereignty and reject any push to impose ‘might makes right’ in the South China Sea or the wider region.”

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