America warns China about South China Sea claims


China’s illegal maritime claims

U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has delivered a warning to China over their ridiculous claims in the South China Sea.

In his speech to the Shangri-La Dialogue, sponsored by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Mattis launched into sharp criticism of what he called Beijing’s disregard for international law by its “indisputable militarisation” of artificial islands in disputed areas of the South China Sea.

“We cannot and will not accept unilateral, coercive changes to the status quo” in the South China Sea, he said.

Overall, Mattis’ speech struck a positive, hopeful tone for co-operation and peace in the Asia-Pacific region, where he and his predecessors have made it a priority to nurture and strengthen alliances and partnerships.

“While competition between the U.S. and China, the world’s two largest economies, is bound to occur, conflict is not inevitable,” he said. “Our two countries can and do co-operate for mutual benefit. We will pledge to work closely with China where we share common cause.”

Source: Globe and Mail – North Korea a ‘clear and present danger’ to the world: Mattis

 



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