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Ambassador Huang says South China Sea is shared home for ASEAN countries

Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian calls US official’s article “groundless”

MANILA – Chinese Ambassador to Manila Huang Xilian said he was not surprised with U.S. Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller’s article entitled “Rules (not might) make right in SCS, a day before the ranking American official’s visit to Manila.

In a statement released late Monday night, Ambassador Huang said the article was “full of groundless accusations against China and colossal fallacies about South China Sea as well as the regional situation.”

“In recent years, while promoting ‘America first’ – and placing its own interests above everything else, this US administration has been habitually breaching its international commitments and obligations and withdrawing from organizations and treaties,” he said. He added with its withdrawal from organizations and treaties made itself “the most damaging force of the current international order.”

Ambassador Huang said the United States withdrew from the World Health Organization in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic as it has also talked about the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) but has opted not to join and respect its provisions. He explained the United States “overstretched” the concept of national security at will and abused state power “to unjustifiably suppress foreign enterprises, such as Huawei and Tiktok.”

The Chinese ambassador added the US launched a global campaign against innocent private companies, sans any solid evidence. He referred to these actuations as “a textbook case of ‘Might makes Right’”.

Ambassador Huang said China “made unremitting efforts to safeguard the UN-centered international system and international order underpinned by international law.

“China will continue to champion and pursue multilateralism, and promote multipolarity and greater democracy in international relations,” Ambassador Huang said.

He referred to the South China Sea as a “shared home for the countries in the region, and it has served as an important conduit for trade, people-to-people exchanges and transportation of medical supplies during the pandemic” and should be insulated from being converted into a wrestling ground for international politics. (Melo M. Acuña)

Chinese Ambassador to Manila Huang Xilian. (File Photo from Chinese Embassy in Manila)

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