8/26/2021, 10:33 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Harris: US will speak up on China issues

United States Vice President Kamala Harris said on Thursday that Washington intends to "speak up" on any action China takes that "threaten the rules-based international order."

Speaking at a press conference in Vietnam, Harris insisted that the Biden administration welcomes "stiff competition" from Beijing and does "not seek conflict" with China, but reiterated concerns over China's actions in the South China Sea, echoing her earlier remarks that the US needs to "raise the pressure on Beijing." The US vice president stressed that Washington plans to do "what it can" to stay committed to its partners and allies in the region.

Earlier, Beijing accused the US of being the "direct driver" of tensions in the South China Sea.

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