Pompeo's assertion that "the South China Sea is part of the Pacific" is a significant move. U.S. recommitment increases the risk of an unwanted conflict.
A new naval threat has arisen. Chinese naval power has been increasing in the Pacific region since Beijing began a naval expansion program in the 1990s.
South China Sea: Why is there international interest in the Spratly Islands? They are located close to many of the world’s major shipping routes.
“Chinese and Western experts” say a blockade by the U.S. in the South China Sea of China’s artificial islands would be an “act of war.”
The Chinese and Russian navies launched eight days of war games in the South China Sea on Monday, in a sign of growing cooperation between their armed forces against the backdrop of regional territorial disputes.
China has reiterated its commitment to defending its sovereignty amid new tensions over its territorial and maritime claims in the South China Sea.