The head of the US State Department, Mike Pompeo, has officially declared a number of Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea illegal.
In a statement on strengthening US policy “regarding the vital part of the region – the South China Sea”. He stated that Chinese claims “for offshore resources in most of the South China Sea are completely illegal.” China’s illegal “efforts” have also been named, RIA Novosti reports.
The American side believes that China has not provided legal grounds for its policy. It is also indicated that the arbitral tribunal in 2016 rejected Beijing’s claims. Washington will officially comply with the position of arbitration.
According to the State Department, China has no official grounds for an exclusive economic zone around Scarborough Reef and Spratly Island, Mischif Reef and Second Thomas Bank. Washington does not recognize any claims to water outside the 12-mile zone around Spratly Island, as well as to the water disputed by Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia, in particular, the James Bank.
Washington declared “any action” in the region illegal. He said that “the world cannot do without the South China Sea as its maritime empire.” The US expresses support for allies and partners in the region “in defense of their sovereign rights to offshore resources.”
Recall, the United States sent two carrier groups to the South China Sea, led by the aircraft carriers Ronald Reagan and Nimitz.
In 2016, the Philippines State House of Representatives found that China has no grounds for territorial claims in the South China Sea.
China leads territorial disputes in the South China Sea alongside the states – Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines – relatively belong to the Paracel Islands (Sisha) and the Spratly Archipelago (Nansha).