China has been in dispute with several countries in the region for decades over the territorial ownership of Islands in the South China Sea, where significant hydrocarbon reserves have been discovered on the shelf.
Assistant to the US President for national security Robert O’Brien, speaking at the East Asia summit on Saturday, said that the US is concerned about China’s actions in the Mekong river basin and the South China Sea. This is stated in a statement by Deputy White House Press Secretary Judd Deere.
“Councillor O’Brien expressed concern about the people’s Republic of China’s actions in the Mekong river basin and the South China Sea, which threaten peace, stability, and sovereignty,” the statement said.
For decades, China has been engaged in a dispute with several countries in the region over some islands’ territorial ownership in the South China Sea, on the shelf of which significant hydrocarbon reserves have been discovered. We are talking primarily about the Xisha archipelago (Paracel Islands), Nansha, and Huangyan Islands (Scarborough reef). The dispute involves Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, and the Philippines to varying degrees.
In recent months, the US has significantly increased its presence in the South China sea. According to Washington, American ships conduct operations in the South China sea to ” ensure freedom of navigation.”