South China Sea: China’s Pursuit Of Resources ‘Unlawful’, Says US

In response, China has accused the United States of distorting facts and international law.

South China Sea: China's Pursuit Of Resources 'Unlawful', Says US

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that China’s pursuit of resources in the parts of the South China Sea is unlawful. He further added that Beijing’s campaign of bullying to control the disputed waters in the sea was wrong.

In response, China has accused the United States of distorting facts and international law. In the region, also claimed by Brunei, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Malaysia, China has been building military bases on the artificial islands.

For centuries in the South China Sea, the countries have wrangled over the territory, but in recent years the tensions have escalated further. China claims an area known as the ‘’nine-dash line’’ and has backed its claims by patrols, island-building, and expanding its military presence in the disputed region.


The region is largely uninhabited, but experts have said that the two island chains may have reserves of natural resources around them. The sea also has major fishing grounds and a key shipping route for the region.

Japan said in its annual defense review that Beijing’s increasing military presence is a matter of grave concern, accusing China of attempting to alter the status quo in the East and South China Seas.

Meanwhile, the Chinese embassy in Washington said in a statement that the American State department deliberately distort facts and international law, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. It accused Washington of attempts to sow discord between China and other littoral countries by exaggerating the situation in the disputed region.

Pompeo further added that Washington stands with its South-Asian allies in protecting their rights to offshore resources in the South China Sea. He said that this position was in line with their rights and obligation under international law.

The government in Beijing claims the largest part of the territory, saying that its rights date back centuries. The region is believed to have abundant oil and gas reserves and is rich for fishing.

Meanwhile, the US has been critical of Beijing’s militarization of the South China Sea, especially the artificial islands. Months earlier, in a display of military power, China conducted drills and landed bombers on the island and reefs. It has also accused Washington of interference and provocation in regional matters.

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