US Will Not Tolerate Limits on Sea, Air Routes in South China Sea – Kerry

Thursday, August 6, 2015
By Paul Martin

The United States will not tolerate limits on airspace and sea routes in and around the highly contested Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea, US Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement on Thursday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — China alongside the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, and Vietnam claim various parts of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. The disputed territories potentially hold large reserves of oil and gas.

China lays territorial claim to nearly all of the South China Sea, and is building artificial islands in the region, some with defense facilities.

>“The United States will not accept restrictions on freedom of navigation and overflight, or other lawful uses of the sea,” Kerry said. “These are intrinsic rights that we all share. It doesn’t matter whether a vessel is a large warship or a tiny fishing boat. The principle is clear: The rights of all nations must be respected.”

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