US South China Sea policy unchanged under Trump: State Dept official

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) transits the South China Sea.
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) transits the South China Sea. PHOTO: EPA

BEIJING (Reuters) - Washington's policy on the South China Sea has not changed under President Donald Trump, a senior US State Department official said on Friday (May 26).

Speaking at a news briefing in Beijing, Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton also said there were no indications China had gone cold on further potential sanctions against North Korea.

A US navy warship conducted a so-called freedom of navigation drill near Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands on Thursday, the first such manoeuvre under the Trump administration, prompting an angry response from Beijing.

This story is developing.