...

Kamala Harris accuses Beijing of intimidation in "unlawful" South China Sea claims




  • In Politics
  • 2021-08-24 04:18:42Z
  • By Axios
 

Vice President Kamala Harris accused Beijing on Tuesday of continuing to "intimidate and to make claims to the vast majority of the South China Sea."

Why it matters: Harris' major foreign policy speech in Singapore comes at a crucial point for the Biden administration, as officials seek to emphasize the Biden administration's commitment and rally an international coalition to curb the influence of China's government.

Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.

  • Her comments come as much of the world's attention is on the crisis in Afghanistan - with the return of the Taliban nearly 20 years on from the group's ouster by U.S.-led forces.

What she's saying: "We know that Beijing continues to coerce, to intimidate and to make claims to the vast majority of the South China Sea," Harris said.

  • "These unlawful claims have been rejected by the 2016 arbitral tribunal decision, and Beijing's actions continue to undermine the rules based order and threaten the sovereignty of nations," she said, in reference to an international tribunal's ruling over Beijing's claims in The Hague," she continued.

  • Harris said the U.S. "stands with our allies and our partners" against China's government and that "Beijing's actions continue to undermine the rules-based order and threaten the sovereignty of nations."

  • She stressed that the Biden administration's engagement in Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific region was "not against any one country, nor is it designed to make anyone choose between countries."

Editor's note: This article has been updated to include more comment from Harris and further context.

COMMENTS

More Related News

Chinese banks try to calm fears about developer
Chinese banks try to calm fears about developer's debts
  • US
  • 2021-09-24 05:28:44Z

Seeking to dispel fears of financial turmoil, some Chinese banks are disclosing what they are owed by a real estate developer that is struggling under $310...

China
China's Casino Crackdown Part of Quest to Transform Macau

(Bloomberg) -- To many investors, Macau's push to extend oversight over the world's largest gambling hub came as a shock, triggering a record selloff in...

Fears of global shockwaves from Chinese builder
Fears of global shockwaves from Chinese builder's debts ease
  • US
  • 2021-09-23 10:25:25Z

Fears that a Chinese real estate developer's possible default on multibillion-dollar debts might send shockwaves through global financial markets appeared to...

U.S. business optimism in China rebounds to pre-trade war levels -survey
U.S. business optimism in China rebounds to pre-trade war levels -survey
  • US
  • 2021-09-23 03:53:22Z

U.S. companies' optimism about business conditions in China has recovered to hit three-year highs even though the firms have reservations about Beijing's...

Chinese builder in debt jam says it will make bond payment
Chinese builder in debt jam says it will make bond payment
  • US
  • 2021-09-22 06:03:18Z

A Chinese real estate developer that is struggling to avoid defaulting on billions of dollars of debt reassured jittery global markets at least briefly...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Politics