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US fires fresh fusillade at China in South China Sea

US fires fresh fusillade at China in South China Sea

MANILA – The United States has started the year with a bang by stepping up both its maritime and diplomatic efforts to curtail China’s maritime ambitions in the South China Sea.

in a new one 47 page research paper, The US State Department called on Beijing to “cease its unlawful and coercive activities in the South China Sea” and rejected the Asian power’s extensive claims of “serious subversion of[ing] the rule of law in the oceans and numerous universally recognized provisions of international law reflected in the Convention.”

“The overall effect of these maritime claims is that the PRC [China] unlawfully claims sovereignty or any form of exclusive jurisdiction over most of the South China Sea,” the paper said, reminding China of its obligations as a party to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS ).