US has more ways now to challenge China's maritime claims

Pompeo statement opens up Chinese state-owned companies to sanctions

On July 13, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an important statement on the United States' position on maritime claims in the South China Sea.

His statement was a follow-up to the US note verbale to China on Dec 28, 2016, and to the position outlined by the US in its letter to the United Nations Secretary-General last month, in response to China's objections to a Malaysian move to extend its continental shelf in December last year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 22, 2020, with the headline 'US has more ways now to challenge China's maritime claims'. Subscribe