12-01-17: US Secretary of State-nominee suggests blocking China from South China Sea

By Anya Palm

Rex Tillerson, President Elect Donald Trump´s pick for Secretary of State in the incoming US administration, made somewhat surprising comments on the South China Sea-issue in his confirmation hearing yesterday.

One suggestion  from Tillerson was that China be blocked from access to islands in the area, and that all construction on them be halted. Several experts responded that such action would escalate the situation in the South China Sea significantly and possibly prompt aggression from Beijing.