US, China trade barbs at UN over South China Sea – News Vibe24

    US, China trade barbs at UN over South China Sea - Times of India
    NEW YORK: U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called for intimidation in the South China Sea on Monday and warned the UN Security Council that a conflict “would have serious global security and trade implications,” causing a strong backlash.
    The South China Sea has become one of the many landmarks in the test relationship between China and the United States, with Washington rejecting what it calls Beijing’s illegal territorial claims on resource-rich waters.
    “A collision in the South China Sea, or in any ocean, would have serious global consequences for security and trade,” Blinken told a Security Council meeting on maritime security. “When a state does not face the consequences of ignoring these rules, it fuels greater impunity and instability everywhere.”
    China claims vast parts of the South China Sea overlapping 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 ships 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 from having legal access to their maritime resources.”
    China’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Dai Bing, has accused the United States of “causing no problems, sending arbitrary military ships and aircraft into the South China Sea as provocations, and trying to publicly target the region.”
    “This country itself has become the biggest 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 in the islands and waters of the South China Sea, to uphold the rules they all agreed to follow for the peaceful settlement of maritime disputes.

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