White House Cautioned against Beijing ‘take on’ of South China Sea

Published On:January 24, 2017, 12:35 pm

On Monday, the White House cautioned China that it will be defending US and other global ‘interests’ in the South China Sea and that trade be obliged to be a ‘two-way street.’

Hinting President Donald Trump’s strong deportment against Beijing on Monday, spokesperson Sean Spicer stated "the US is going to make sure we protect our interests" in the South China Sea.

He said, "If those islands are, in fact, in international waters and not part of China proper, yeah, we'll make sure we defend international interests from being taken over by one country."

China sets on the alleged claim to a broadened extent of the South China Sea amongst a supposed ‘nine dash line’, which included the waters claimed by many of its neighbors.

Under President Barack Obama’s organization that anteceded Trump’s, Washington was emphatic that it was unbiased on the legal probe of sovereignty over the islets, shoals, and reefs.

However, when called for resolving the dispute under international law, the US backed freedom of navigation by sending across the naval patrols via turf which is claimed by the Chinese.

Last week, Rex Tillerson, secretary of state nominee and a former ExxonMobil chief executive advised a hardening of this stance, and calling China’s building of bases on the disputed islands illicit.

He said, "We're going to have to send China a clear signal that, first the island building stops, and second, your access to those islands is also not going to be allowed."

Statements stated by Tillerson raised the prognosis of conflict between two greatest powers in the world, and Spicer actually did nothing while he spoke from the podium at the White House.

Further, he took a tough line on trade, getting back to Trump’s campaign theme that current regulations work in favor of the Chinese exports to the US and cost American jobs.

Spicer mentioned that Trump is very much aware that US firms need admittance to the large domestic market of China, nevertheless, the fact that he is not ready to accept the present arrangements continue.

He invariably argued, "In many cases, it's not a two-way street." "There's so many Chinese businesses and individuals frankly, who can have ease of access in the United States to sell their goods or services."

Spicer quoted boundaries on the penetration of the United States banking and financial services in China, and stated the difficulties of US firms safeguarding their intellectual property rights.

Spicer also argued that Trump "understands the market that China has and our desire to further penetrate that market."

"But he also recognizes there are a lot of concerns with how we are treated entering into China's market and we need to review that."

Trump advisors have excogitated announcing China a ‘currency manipulator,’ or imposing tariffs on Chinese products in an offset offer in the import gap.

Even before taking up the responsibilities as a President, Trump angered Beijing by accepting a gratulatory phone call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.

This move overturned several decades of diplomatic standard in which the US president avoided direct public communication with the island’s leader.

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