Christian Le Miere
The US is finally taking sides in the South China Sea – against Beijing’s claims
- By aligning the US more closely with the tribunal’s finding in 2016, Pompeo effectively states the nine-dash line has ‘no basis in international law’
- While the secretary of state was careful not to say whether Washington favoured one claimant over another, the US finally appears to be taking a side – against China
Christian Le Miere is a foreign policy adviser. He is the founder of Arcipel, a strategic consultancy, and has worked as a senior adviser to an Abu Dhabi entity. He was formerly a senior fellow at the IISS, a London-based think tank, and the editor of various publications for Jane's, a global defence intelligence firm.