Kamala Harris takes tougher line on China, calls out 'bullying' as administration reviews trade policy
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Vice President Kamala Harris took a strong stance against aggressive Chinese action in the South China Sea as the Biden administration continues reviewing the U.S.-China trade policy.
During a visit to Vietnam, Harris called out China and the need to stand up to it.
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"We need to find ways to pressure and raise the pressure, frankly, on Beijing to abide by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and to challenge its bullying and excessive maritime claims," Harris said.
To that end, Harris acknowledged Vietnam’s request for a former U.S. Coast Guard cutter, which she said the administration supports "as we want to help Vietnam develop its maritime security capabilities."
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"And let me affirm," she added, "that the United States Navy will maintain a strong presence in the South China Sea and will continue to challenge Beijing’s bullying and excessive maritime claims."