The numerous incursions of the Chinese Communist party (CCP) into the South China Sea, without any legal basis, infringe on the sovereignty of several countries in the region, to the extent that the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, spread the word the claim was illegal.
“Beijing’s claims to offshore resources across most of the South China Sea are completely unlawful, as is its campaign of bullying to control them,” Pompeo said officially in a July 13 press statement after analyzing the facts.
The CCP attacks on the sovereignty of U.S. allies sharing territoriality in the South China Sea prompted the U.S. military presence in the area to stop the Chinese regime’s use of coercion to take resources, harass fishermen and intimidate its neighbors.
Thus, in early July, two aircraft carriers and four U.S.-flagged warships conducted “exercises” in the area while the Chinese regime conducted its own maneuvers around the Paracel Islands.
The legal basis for the Pompeo declaration is found in a unanimous decision by a court under the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which rejected the claims of the CCP in the area in 2016. The Chinese regime subscribes to the same 1982 convention.
For years the CCP has built up islands in the South China Sea, and around them it seeks to extend its sovereignty over much of the area in defiance of the competing claims of its Southeast Asian neighbors.
Pompeo recognizes 12 nautical miles around the Spratly Islands as the territorial zone of the CCP is called and rejects Beijing’s claims around Vanguard Bank to Vietnam, Malaysia’s Luconia Shoals, the area within Brunei’s exclusive economic zone, and Indonesia’s Natuna Besar, according to the South China Morning Post.
“The world will not allow Beijing [the CCP] to treat the South China Sea as its maritime empire. ” Pompeo warned in the press statement.
The tensions caused by the CCP in its unbridled expansionism have led many countries to prepare to counter it.
The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IAPAC) was created on June 4 with the participation of 17 countries and more than 100 legislators.
IATP’s principles are, “A free, open, and rule-based international order that supports human dignity is created and maintained through intent,” among others.
Specifically, it also proposes “taking a tougher stand with the Chinese Communist Party.”