John Aquilino stressed that China's actions are being criticized by many countries in the region to support freedom of navigation, including the United States.
Earlier, in a speech on US-China relations on October 24 at Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, US Vice President Mike Pence once again criticized the international law-breaking activities of Beijing in the South China Sea, including actions that obstruct legal oil and gas activities in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Vietnam and some other coastal countries in the region.
On October 17, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific David Stilwell, at a hearing on the implementation of Asia Reinsurance Initiative (ARIA), also spoke about security. maritime security, including the South China Sea situation.
Mr. Stilwell emphasized that China's sovereignty claims to the so-called "nine-dash line" in the South China Sea are illegal and illogical. These statements have no legal, historical or geographical value, harming other countries. Beijing's repeated provocative actions are preventing ASEAN member countries from accessing energy reserves in the South China Sea, causing instability and increasing the risk of conflict in the region.