United States of America President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during his confirmation hearing before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee January 11, said that US will be telling China that it’s island-building in South China Sea should stop.
Tillerson, the chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil from 2006 to 2016, also said that China should be denied access to its artificial islands in South China Sea.
“We’re going to have to send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops and, second, your access to those islands also is not going to be allowed,” Tillerson told US Senators during the confirmation hearing.
In his opening statement released by US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tillerson said the US faces “considerable threats in this evolving new environment. China
has emerged as an economic power in global trade, and our interactions have been both friendly and adversarial. While Russia seeks respect and relevance on the global stage, its recent activities have disregarded American interests.
“Radical Islam is not a new ideology, but it is hateful, deadly, and an illegitimate expression of the Islamic faith. Adversaries like Iran and North Korea pose grave threats to the world because of their refusal to conform to international norms,” he added.
“As we confront these realities, how should America respond?” Tillerson said. “My answer is simple. To achieve the stability that is foundational to peace and security in the 21st century, American leadership must not only be renewed, it must be asserted.”
“We have many advantages on which to build. Our alliances are durable and our allies are looking for a return of our leadership. Our men and women in uniform are the world’s finest fighting force, and we possess the world’s largest economy,” he noted.
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