The United States raised the tone Thursday against Beijing denouncing an “escalade” Chinese “in its efforts of intimidation” in the South China Sea, especially against Vietnam.
A prospecting vessel belonging to the Chinese Public Geological Service again entered Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea in mid-August, at the risk of reigniting the diplomatic confrontation between Beijing and Hanoi over these resource-rich waters. claimed by both countries and other Southeast Asian states. He was accompanied by at least two other Chinese Coast Guard boats, according to the US C4ADS Research Center.
“The United States is deeply concerned by China’s persistent interference” in the Vietnamese EEZ, US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.
“This is an escalation by Beijing in its intimidation efforts,” she added, saying it raised “serious doubts about China’s commitment” to “peaceful resolution of disputes.” maritime “.
“In recent weeks, China has taken a series of aggressive measures to interfere in the well-established economies activities” of member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), “with a view to to intimidate them to refuse partnerships with foreign oil and gas companies, but also to work only with Chinese public enterprises “.
“China’s actions undermine regional peace and security,” the spokeswoman for US diplomacy said, defending the interests of US groups, “world leaders in hydrocarbon exploration and extraction.”
The White House, tweeted by national security adviser John Bolton, had already accused Tuesday Beijing of resorting to “intimidation tactics” to “dissuade other countries in the South China Sea from exploiting its resources”.
China, arguing for an older presence, disputes with several riparian countries (Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei) of the islands of this vast maritime zone, crossing of key roads of the maritime trade.
Against the backdrop of a trade war between the two world’s leading economic powers, Washington regularly criticizes Beijing’s militarization of the South China Sea to exert increasing domination.