Blinken says U.S. still committed to freedom in South China Sea

  • U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated his country’s commitment “to upholding freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea” on Friday, the day after he held “candid and constructive discussions” with Chinese top diplomat Wang Yi in Jakarta.
  • “Like many countries in the region, we’re concerned by the PRC’s [People’s Republic of China’s] increasing assertiveness in the South and East China seas and in the Taiwan Strait,” Blinken told a news conference Friday evening. “We remain committed to upholding freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea, a critical throughway for global commerce and connectivity.”
  • Meanwhile, Wang spoke about China’s position on the Taiwan issue, according to state media outlet Xinhua. It also said Wang “demanded that the U.S. side refrain from wantonly interfering in China’s internal affairs and undermining China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, stop its economic, trade and scientific and technological suppression of China, and lift its unlawful and unreasonable sanctions against China.”

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15-Jul-2023