Taiwan backs U.S. opposition to use of force in South China Sea

Focus Taiwan
Date: 07/14/2020
By: Emerson Lim

The Taiwanese-controlled Taiping Island in the South China Sea. CNA file photo

Taipei, July 14 (CNA) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday indicated its support for a statement issued by United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo opposing attempts to use coercion or force to settle disputes in the South China Sea.

"Our country opposes attempts to resolve South China Sea disputes by means of threats, coercion and force," MOFA spokesperson Joanne Ou (歐江安) said at a regular press briefing that day.

She was responding to media questions regarding a press release titled "U.S. Position on Maritime Claims in the South China Sea," issued by Pompeo on Monday.

In the press release, Pompeo said "Beijing uses intimidation to undermine the sovereign rights of Southeast Asian coastal states in the South China Sea, bully them out of offshore resources, assert unilateral dominion."    [FULL  STORY]

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