US Senate condemns China’s SCS militarisation

Washington, March 11

Influential US Senators have introduced a slew of resolutions in the Senate, condemning China’s rising actions to militarise the South China Sea (SCS) and also to tackle Beijing’s economic practices that distort global markets and hurt the American businesses.

Introduced by Senators Rick Scott, Josh Hawley, Dan Sullivan, Thom Tillis and Roger Wicker on Wednesday, the first resolution applauded the American Navy and Coast Guard for their efforts to ensure freedom of navigation operations and send a clear message that the US will not tolerate Communist China’s extension of power in waters beyond its legitimate territorial sea boundaries.

The Communist Party of China continues to militarise the South China Sea and is eager to expand its territorial claims in the region, Scott said.

Sullivan alleged that in recent years, China has ramped up its aggressive actions against neighbours to expand its influence and subvert the rule of sea law. Such behaviour of Xi Jinping cannot continue,” he said.

China is engaged in hotly contested territorial disputes in both the South China Sea and the East China Sea. Beijing has built up and militarised many of the islands and reefs it controls in the region. Both maritime areas are stated to be rich in minerals, oil and other natural resources and are also vital to global trade.

Similarly, a group of eight Republicans on Wednesday re-introduced the Strengthening Trade, Regional Alliances, Technology, and Economic and Geopolitical Initiatives Concerning China Act to advance a comprehensive strategy for US competition with China. — PTI

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