The South China Sea has become one of many hot spots in the irritable relationship between China and the United States, with Washington rejecting what it calls Beijing’s illegal territorial claims in the resource-rich waters.
“Conflict in the South China Sea, or any ocean, would have serious global consequences for security and trade,” Blinken told a Security Council meeting on maritime security. “When a state faces no consequences for ignoring these rules, it fuels greater impunity and instability everywhere.”
China claims vast swaths of the South China Sea that overlap with the exclusive economic zones of Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Trillions of dollars in trade flow through the waterway each year, which also contains rich fishing grounds and gas fields.
“We have seen dangerous encounters between vessels at sea and provocative actions to promote illegal maritime claims,” Blinken said, adding that Washington was concerned about actions that “intimidate and intimidate other states into not legally accessing their maritime resources. “.
China’s deputy ambassador to the UN, Dai Bing, accused the United States of “causing trouble without solving anything, arbitrarily sending advanced military ships and aircraft to the South China Sea as provocations, and publicly trying to drive a wedge in the countries of the United States. region”.
“This country itself has become the greatest threat to peace and stability in the South China Sea,” Dai said.
Blinken said it was the responsibility of all countries, not just the claimants to the islands and waters of the South China Sea, to uphold the rules they all agreed to follow to peacefully resolve maritime disputes.