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SOUTH CHINA SEA: Taipei’s rejection of ruling a mistake, US pundits say

By William Lowther  /  Staff reporter in WASHINGTON

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Sullivan said there were “disturbing signs” that China had chosen to employ a policy of intimidation and coercion toward its neighbors.

“But there should be no mistake that the US will stand by its alliance commitments and the preservation of an open and rules-based order in the Asia Pacific,” he said.

The State Department said in a formal statement that the decision by the tribunal in the Philippines-China arbitration was final and legally binding and urged all claimants to avoid provocative statements or actions.

The statement was reinforced by US National Security Council Senior Director for Asian Affairs Daniel Kritenbrink, who told the conference that the US would need time to study the “precise implications” of the tribunal’s ruling.

However, the US is not prepared to accept the emergence of a different set of rules in the South China Sea relative to the rest of the world, he said.

“We are regularly exercising our own military capacity in the South China Sea,” he said. “It is a fact that our forces and China’s are operating within closer proximity of each other with increasing frequency... We recognize that this raises the risks of incidents and so does Beijing.”

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