WASHINGTON: The US State Department's number two diplomat on Friday compared China's behavior in pursuit of territory in the South China Sea to that of Russia in eastern Ukraine.
Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken called China's large scale reclamation projects in the South China Sea, "a threat to peace and stability."
He said the United States took no position on the merits of competing claims in the disputed sea, but had a strong interest in how those were pursued, and in preserving freedom of navigation.
"The way forward is for China, and all claimants, to freeze their reclamation activities and resolve their difference in accordance the rule of law," he said.
"In both eastern Ukraine and the South China Sea, we're witnessing efforts to unilaterally and coercively change the status quo — transgressions that the United States and our allies stand united against," Blinken said in a speech at the Center for a New American Security think tank.
China claims nearly all of the South China Sea and says it has every right to build up reefs there. Its top diplomat State Councilor Yang Jiechi said after talks with the United States this week that freedom of navigation in the Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year, was guaranteed.
bullshiiit world don't need US big boss role
Harish Kumar (Kumar)
Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken called China's large scale reclamation projects in the South China Sea, "a threat to peace and stability.
Chinas rise is a threat to peace and stability of the whole world ...a selfish aggressive country which has problems with all its neighbours .
Manchanda Rajinder ()
Its all because of USA. I think it should not Interfere in it.
vijay banga (new delhi)
#US must keep away, Idle mind is devils workshop
bmdsuccess2014 () replies to vijay banga
That saying is for your - idle and a ignorant brain is devil's workshop.. I think the pollution in Delhi is causing brain freeze for you!!!
vijay banga (new delhi) replies to bmdsuccess2014
Seems you are fond of corrections without in depth knowledge. never mind, thanks all the same..
sarthak haldar ()
world most two devils country are China and Russia.
correct....but china is far more aggressive as it is claiming ownership on multiple fronts..
US is scared of china....
if China & Russia were wrong on their part, wasn't US wrong in attacking Iraq on the supposed WMD which weren't there in the first place. why wasn't US pulled up for that? US has no right for moral policing if it is wrong in the first place itself