US policy on South China Sea remains


Roy Mabasa


Manila Bulletin


 May 6, 2017


The United States, under a new government, has not changed its policy on the issue of the South China Sea as previously espoused by the Obama administration: That the disputes cannot hinder the rights of all countries to navigate, to fly, and conduct commerce through this important region. This was emphasized by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during the special US-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers meeting which he hosted Thursday in Washington DC where he spent considerable time with his Southeast Asian counterparts talking about the South China Sea territorial disputes.