Fifth Anniversary of the Arbitral Tribunal Ruling on the South China Sea

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 11, 2021   Freedom of the seas is an enduring interest of all nations and is vital to global peace and prosperity.  The international community has long benefited from the rules-based maritime order, where international law, as reflected in the UN Law of the Sea Convention, sets out the legal framework for ...
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The South China Sea, Southeast Asia’s Patrimony, and Everybody’s Own Backyard

REMARKS DAVID R. STILWELL, ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (VIRTUAL) JULY 14, 2020   Remarks as prepared INTRODUCTION Thank you, Greg. I’m honored to join you. I commend CSIS for regularly convening leading thinkers on the Indo-Pacific and on the South China Sea in ...
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U.S. Position on Maritime Claims in the South China Sea

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 13, 2020   The United States champions a free and open Indo-Pacific. Today we are strengthening U.S. policy in a vital, contentious part of that region — the South China Sea. We are making clear: Beijing’s claims to offshore resources across most of the South China Sea are completely unlawful, as is ...
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Ambassador Nina Hachigian’s Remarks at the 4th Maritime Institute of Malaysia South China Sea Conference

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia The Connectivity of Common Rules in the South China Sea Thank you to MIMA and its Director General First Admiral Dato Chin Yoon Chin for inviting me today, and to Vice Admiral Dato’ Kamarulzaman for moderating this panel. The Importance of Norms, Rules and Standards Today I’m going to talk about maritime ...
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