China ‘not afraid’ of sanctions related to South China Sea actions

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Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said during July 15 press conference that China is not afraid of sanctions related to its actions in South China.

“As the most developed country with the greatest strength and the only superpower in the world, the US wantonly imposes sanctions or threatens to sanction others, which is just pathetic,” Hua said.

“We hope “sanction” is not going to be the biggest and shiniest label that the US wants itself to be remembered by. It should earnestly reflect on its policies,” the Chinese spokesperson added.

“Speaking of sanctions, China is not afraid of them. However, as an old Chinese saying goes, “a tree wants to enjoy a moment of tranquility but the wind keeps blowing.” If the US wants to make a storm, then just let the storm rage with greater force,” she said.

This is after United States Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, David R. Stilwell said “nothing is off the table,” when asked about the possibility of sanctions against state-owned enterprises used by China “as tools of economic coercion and international abuse.”

During the virtual Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) 10th South China Sea Conference on July 14, Stilwell said “in the South China Sea, as elsewhere, Beijing has used state-owned enterprises as tools of economic coercion and international abuse.”

“They have been used to dredge, construct, and militarize the PRC’s (People’s Republic of China) artificial island fortresses in the Spratlys, from which Beijing now violates the exclusive economic zones of Southeast Asian states,” the US assistant secretary of state said.

“These state-owned enterprises are PRC instruments of abuse, and we should highlight their improper behavior,” he added.