China stated on Tuesday that they have undeniable sovereignty over the disputed islands of the South China Sea. The statement came after the White House promised to protect “international territories.” In addition, White House press secretary Sean Spicer vowed that United States will stand up to China’s military expansion in the disputed waterway.
South China Sea: China’s Reaction
Spicer made different comments on the dispute. The powerhouse country used to handle China’s aggressive pursuit in a cautious way but not anymore. “The U.S. is going to make sure that we protect our interests there,” Spicer said.
His comments were related to statements from Trump’s secretary of state nominee, Rex Tillerson. Tillerson said China must not be permitted to have access to islands it has built in the disputed sea. Spicer also stated that if those islands are in international waters, U.S. would be defending international territories from being taken over by another country.
According to Reuters, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, stated that the U.S. is not a party to the South China Sea dispute. She insisted that U.S. should respect the facts, speak and act appropriately. She stated that this will maintain the peace and stability of the sea.
“Our actions in the South China Sea are reasonable and fair.” Hua stated. “No matter what changes happen in other countries, what they say or what they want to do, China’s resolve to protect its sovereignty and maritime rights in the South China Sea will not change.”
South China Sea: Trump Administration to Stop China
Furthermore, the Trump administration stated that they will not allow what China is doing. Tillerson, had earlier stated that U.S. will create a blockade on China’s access to the disputed Asian islands, NBC said. This aims to stop China’s military expansion in the disputed sea.
Tillerson stressed that they are going to send a strong message to China. He said China should stop building island. However, China’s Lu Kang, a senior official of the Chinese foreign ministry, stated that the disputed sea is not an international territory, stating that it belongs to China.
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