President Joe Biden’s administration has rejected China’s claim in the South China Sea, like the previous administration.
US President Joe Biden
America’s President Joe Biden has rejected China’s obstinate attitude in the South China Sea. The Biden administration has rejected all major maritime claims of China in the South China Sea, like the administration of former President Donald Trump. The US administration has also warned China that any attack on the Philippines in this ‘disputed area’ will result in Beijing facing strict action under the Mutual Defense Treaty.
At the same time, this harsh message from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has come this week before the fifth anniversary of the decision of an international tribunal in favor of the Philippines. The ruling denied China’s maritime claims around the Spratly Islands and neighboring reefs and shoals. However, China rejected this decision. At the same time, before the fourth anniversary last year, the Trump administration also supported the decision. The Trump administration had said that the decision invalidates almost all Chinese maritime claims in the South China Sea outside China’s internationally recognized waters.
China engaged in threatening the coastal countries of the sea
The statement released on Sunday further strengthens America’s claim, which was started by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Antony Blinken said, “Nowhere is a rules-based maritime system more at risk than in the South China Sea.” He accused China of forcing and intimidating Southeast Asian coastal countries and continuing to threaten freedom of navigation on this important global route. Blinken, citing Pompeo’s original statement, said that on July 13, 2020, the United States re-implements its policy with respect to maritime claims in the South China Sea.
$5 trillion worth of cargo passes through the South China Sea every year
This statement of America has come at a time when tensions between Washington and Beijing are at their peak over many issues. This includes Chinese policy on issues such as the coronavirus pandemic, human rights, Hong Kong-Tibet-trade. Because of this, the relationship between the two countries has been clouded. China claims almost the entire South China Sea and regularly opposes any US military action in the region. Five other governments claim all or part of the ocean through which approximately US$5 trillion worth of cargo is shipped each year.
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