US national security advisor John Bolton on August
20 accused China of using “bullying tactics” in the increasingly tense
waters of the East Sea.
US national security advisor John Bolton
Bolton wrote on Twitter that China's recent
escalation of efforts to intimidate others out of developing resources in
the East Sea is raising concern, the French news agency AFP news agency
He underscored that the US stands firmly with those
who oppose coercive behaviour and “bullying tactics” which threaten regional
peace and security.
Earlier, spokeswoman of the US Department of State
Morgan Ortagus said in a statement on July 20 that China’s reclamation and
militarisation of disputed outposts in the East Sea, along with other
efforts to assert its unlawful East Sea maritime claims, including the use
of maritime militia to intimidate, coerce and threaten other nations,
undermine the peace and security of the region.
These acts by China are interfering in oil and gas
activities in the East Sea, including Vietnam’s long-standing exploration
and production activities, she stated.-VNA.