The United States filed a protest today at the United Nations (U.N.) over The People’s Republic of China’s (China’s) maritime claims to the South China Sea. The document presented to the U.N. titled “Protesting China’s Unlawful Maritime Claims at the UN” was addressed to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres.
A copy of the letter, signed by Ambassador Kelly Craft, United States Representative to the United Nations, states:
The United States rejects these maritime claims as inconsistent with international law as reflected in the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention. I request that you circulate the enclosed letter to all UN Member States as a document of the General Assembly under Agenda Item 74(a) and of the Security Council, and that you post it on the web page of the Office of Legal Affairs, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea.Ambassador Kelly Craft, United States Representative to the United Nations
This action comes as the U.S. military, particularly the United States Navy, looks at ways to deal with China’s expansion in the South China Seas.