China is blocking development in South China Sea through coercive means: Pompeo

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WASHINGTON: The US has accused China of blocking the ASEAN members accessing more than USD 2.5 trillion in recoverable energy reserves in the South China Sea by illegal construction activities.

China claims almost all of the South China Sea. Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have counter claims over the area.

“China’s illegal island-building in international waterways is not simply a security matter. By blocking development in the South China Sea through coerciv ..

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