A U.S. envoy denounced Chinese”intimidation” from the South China Sea in a meeting of Asian leaders on Monday and invited them to a special summit in Washington on behalf of President Donald Trump.
China has made sweeping marine claims in the resource-rich seas of the South China Sea and angered acquaintances by sending ships to the crowded waterway, where many members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have claims.
“Beijing has used intimidation to attempt and prevent ASEAN countries from exploiting the off-shore resources, blocking access to 2.5 trillion dollars of gas and oil reserves alone,” U.S. envoy Robert O’Brien advised the ASEAN-U.S. summit in a language.
“The area doesn’t have any interest in a brand new imperial age where a significant state can rule others onto a concept that might makes right,” added O’Brien, the White House national security advisor.
He also read a message from Trump encouraging the ASEAN leaders to”join me in the USA for a particular summit, meeting at a time of mutual advantage from the first quarter of 2020″.
Trump has now skipped the ASEAN-U.S. summit for the previous two decades, delivering Vice President Mike Pence in 2018.