US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo believes that China refers to the South China Sea as its “maritime empire.” He announced this on Twitter.
“China cannot be allowed to treat the South China Sea as its maritime empire,” Pompeo wrote.
According to the Secretary of State, the United States welcomes the position of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) leaders in resolving disputes over the South China Sea in accordance with international law.
China accuses U.S. ships of invading disputed islands
In June 2019, at the Shangri-La Dialog intergovernmental security forum in Singapore, Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenhe said Beijing was opposed to Washington’s actions in the South China Sea.
As Wei Fenhe said, “some countries outside the region” enter the South China Sea “to build muscle in the name of freedom of navigation”. In addition, Beijing objects to Washington’s policy on the Taiwan issue, the minister said.
“No attempt to split China will succeed. Any interference with the Taiwan issue is doomed to failure, ”said Wei Fenhe, adding that China intends to“ fight to the end. ”
Pompeo expressed concern about the militarization of the PRC of the South China Sea
China leads territorial disputes with some Asian countries regarding the Paracel Islands, Spratly Islands and Scarborough Reef, located in the South China Sea. In addition to China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei also claim the islands. The United States is not a party to the dispute, but does not recognize the territorial claims of China.