Taiwan welcomes strengthened US position against China’s maritime claims in contentious waters
By: Huang Tzu-ti, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Monday (July 13) that the U.S. considers China’s maritime claims outside its waters to be illegitimate. He stated that Beijing’s “Nine-Dashed Line” claim in the South China Sea has no legal basis and that the U.S. is aligning with the 2016 decision by an Arbitral Tribunal under the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention, which sided with the Philippines against China’s assertions in relevant waters.
Stressing that China will no longer be allowed to treat the South China Sea as its “maritime empire,” Pompeo made clear that Washington supports its Southeast Asian allies in protecting their sovereign rights to offshore resources and stands with the international community in defense of freedom of seas, according to the statement.
At a news briefing, MOFA Spokesperson Joanne Ou (歐江安) reiterated Taiwan’s indisputable island and maritime claims in the sea. Citing the four principles set forth by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) in 2016 on the issue, Ou called for Taiwan’s participation in a multilateral dispute settlement system and made a case for putting aside differences in favor of cooperation to jointly develop resources in the region. [FULL STORY]