Illustration: Craig Stephens
Christian Le Miere
Opinion

Opinion

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
Illustration: Craig Stephens
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