Obama administration was 'impotent' about South China Sea: Trump

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday slammed his predecessor Barack Obama for being "impotent" and now not stopping China from expanding its influence in the South China Sea, announcing the Chinese Navy was now posing a confrontational challenge for America in the disputed region.
President Trump's remarks came hours after he was briefed on the White House by way of secretary of state Mike Pompeo on his meetings with the highest Chinese leadership in Beijing this week.

"The Obama administration was impotent about the South China Sea," Trump said right through an interplay with newshounds Abroad Air Force One.

He said the Chinese Navy was now posing a confrontational challenge for America in the disputed region.

China is engaged in hotly contested territorial disputes in the South China Sea, and with Japan in the East China Sea. Both the areas are mentioned to be wealthy in minerals, oil and different natural assets. They also are essential to international business.

China claims nearly the entire South China Sea. Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have counter claims over the realm.

The US has been conducting common patrols in the South China Sea to say freedom of navigation in the house the place Beijing has built up and militarised most of the islands and reefs it controls in the region.

During Pompeo's shuttle, Trump previous informed newshounds on the White House that China was sending a message to him, but the ones messages did not paintings.

He said Pompeo was treated him great respect right through his shuttle to Beijing.

"They're just trying to get me a message. But those messages don't work. They don't work. But no, I think they treated him with great respect, actually. You know, they had meetings besides just the news conference. And I think they treated him with great respect," he said when requested if he was concerned the best way the Chinese treated Pompeo.

Trump also said Pompeo did not have an excellent meeting in China.


"It wasn't so much - I guess he was giving them a message, and they were giving him a message to come back to me," Trump said.


However, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert informed newshounds at a news briefing that Pompeo had a excellent, optimistic meetings together with his Chinese counterparts.


"They're certainly a competitor. It's a complex and broad-based relationship that we have with China, as you all saw in the comments and exchanges between the Secretary and his counterparts. We have areas of common interest. North Korea is one of them," Nauert said.


"Working to combat illegal narcotics is another area where we work well together. We also have areas of disagreement and areas where we have challenges, and we'll keep working together on that. It's obviously an important relationship that we need to work hard to maintain," she said.
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