IM to MajorityReport 17-011317 – China Reaction to Tillerson

When Rex Tillerson gave his opening statement at his Secretary of State confirmation hearing he began with threatening China for their military expansion in the South China Sea. China responded on Friday in the government-run Global Times newspaper that Washington would have to “wage a large-scale war” in the South China Sea to prevent Chinese access to the islands. Foreign Policy magazine Emily Tamkin: “It was a stunning break with years of American foreign policy, Tillerson’s warning that the United States would block China’s access to the contested islands shocked and bewildered lawmakers and their aides, and diplomats across Asia. If carried out, it could violate international law as Washington has interpreted it and could put the United States on a collision course with China, raising the danger of a military clash.”

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