Why is the South China Sea strategically important to the United States?

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Mar 21, 2022 04:55 PM 0 Answers
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In June 2020, US Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft sent a letter to the U.N. secretary general explaining the US position on China's "excessive maritime claims." On 14 July 2020, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared China's claims and coercions of in parts of the South China Sea “completely unlawful”. On 26 August 2020, the US sanctioned individuals and 24 Chinese companies linked to construction and militarization of the artificial islands.

Recently, China has fully militarized three islands in South China Sea, US admiral says.

Why is the South China Sea so strategically important to the United States that it has to watch it so carefully and oppose the militarization of China there so strongly?

Please do note that I am asking from the point of view of the United States, not of China.

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