The United States on Monday rejected China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, drawing an angry response from Beijing, which claimed Washington was trying to inflame tensions in the disputed waters.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the there was no legal basis for China’s claims on the sea and it accused Beijing of using intimindatory tactics against other claimant states.
“We are making clear: Beijing’s claims to offshore resources across most of the South China Sea are competely unlawful, as its campaign of bullying to control them,” Pompeo said in a statement.
“The world will not allow Beijing to treat the South China Sea as its maritime empire.”
In response, the Chinese Embassy in the US described the announcement as “completely unjustified” and accused the US of inflaming the situation.