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For first time ever, US officially rejects China’s ‘unlawful’ South China Sea claims

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For first time ever, US officially rejects China’s ‘unlawful’ South China Sea claims

by Laura Widener

The U.S. released its very first official statement rejecting most China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea as “unlawful.”

The official document released Monday afternoon by the U.S. State Department stated, “Beijing’s claims to offshore resources across most of the South China Sea are completely unlawful, as is its campaign of bullying to control them.”

The document rejects China’s claims to certain territories, such as James Shoal, located 50 nautical miles from Malaysia, as well as other specific territories off the coasts of Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines. China has claimed some of these territories in its “Nine-Dashed Line” claim announced in 2009, despite these territories being located up to 1,000 nautical miles away from China’s coast.

Full story https://americanmilitarynews.com/2020/07/for-first-time-ever-us-officially-rejects-chinas-unlawful-south-china-sea-claims/