US will not recognize exclusion zone in South China Sea: defense official

 30 Mar 2016 - 17:37

US will not recognize exclusion zone in South China Sea: defense official
Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea , May 21, 2015. US Navy Handout via Reuters

 

WASHINGTON: The United States has told China it will not recognize an exclusion zone in the South China Sea, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work said on Wednesday.

 

U.S. officials have expressed concern that an international court ruling expected in coming weeks on a case brought by the Philippines against China over its South China Sea claims could prompt Beijing to declare it an air defense identification zone, or ADIZ, as it did to the north, in the East China Sea, in 2013.

Work told an event hosted by the Washington Post that the United States would not recognize such an exclusion zone in the South China Sea, just as it did not recognize the one in the East China Sea.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal)

Reuters