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U.S. Denounces China’s Claims to South China Sea as Unlawful

  • Pompeo denounces a ‘campaign of bullying’ over resources
  • China has accused U.S. of trying to sow discord in the region
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U.S. Rejects Beijing’s South China Sea Claims
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The Trump administration rejected China’s expansive maritime claims in the South China Sea, reversing a previous policy of not taking sides in such disputes and escalating tensions with Beijing on yet another front.

The move aligns the U.S. with a 2016 ruling by a United Nations tribunal that found China’s claims to waters also contested by the Philippines were unlawful. It’s meant to push back against what the U.S. sees as an intensifying Chinese campaign to dominate the resource-rich South China Sea and smaller nations in the region.