US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that China should not be allowed to treat the waters of the South China Sea (SKM) as part of its empire. He posted the corresponding message in his Twitter account.
According to Pompeo, the United States supports the principle of conflict resolution in the SCM on the basis of international law, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. He also said that in the near future the United States will make another statement on this topic.
With his message, the Secretary of State supported the joint statement of the ASEAN countries, adopted at the end of the 36th summit of the organization. In this document, they expressed concern about the growing tension in the region and called for the resolution of disputes based on international law.
Earlier, the US military suspected that China was using the coronavirus pandemic as a cover to step up its territorial claims in the South China Sea. According to them, since the spread of a new infection in the world in the region, there has been a surge in activity of the Chinese fleet. In particular, in the waters claimed by Beijing, Chinese warships and coast guard vessels, which haunt the ships of other countries appearing there, are increasingly noticing.