US Vice President Kamala Harris criticized China again during her trip to Southeast Asia. During a meeting with Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the government called for intensified cooperation with the United States to work together against Beijing in the dispute over the South China Sea. It has accused the Chinese government of “harassment” and says China’s allegations in this area are “excessive”.
“We need to find ways to apply pressure and increase pressure on Beijing to comply with UNCLOS,” Harris said. On Tuesday, it said in Singapore that China is using means such as coercion and intimidation to impose claims in certain regions, when it is illegal to do so. Harris warned that these actions threaten “the rules-based order and the sovereignty of states.”
China claims 90 percent of the South China Sea’s 3.5 million square meters, which also includes islands and reefs, some of which lie more than a thousand kilometers from the Chinese coast. The country has created artificial islands, including areas claimed by other countries such as Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. The region is said to contain large reserves of oil and gas.
Harris will remain in Vietnam until Thursday, when she will meet with senior officials. The Corona pandemic has become an important topic. Harris has already announced that the United States will donate an additional 1 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to the country, bringing the total number of doses donated to 6 million.
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