19:00 GMT +324 March 2017
    Chinese dredging vessels in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, photographed by a USN surveillance aircraft in 2015

    US Senators Propose Bill Penalizing Aggression by China in South China Sea

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    Senators Marco Rubio and Ben Cardin on Wednesday introduced a bipartisan bill that would penalize Chinese individuals and organizations participating in the construction of artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea.

    Rubio, who is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and its East Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee, said he hoped sanctions against assertive China would serve as a message for Beijing that it could not continue to "fragrantly violate international norms" and expect to not be held accountable.

    According to a statement from Rubio's office, the legislation would require President Donald Trump to "impose sanctions and prohibit visas for Chinese individuals and entities who contribute to construction or development projects, and those who threaten the peace, security or stability of the South China Sea or East China Sea".

    The measure would prevent American citizens from investing in Chinese companies under sanction and halt foreign aid to countries recognizing China's claims to islands in the South China Sea if those claims were contested by regional neighbors. The proposed bill would also penalize foreign banks if they were caught doing business with any of the sanctioned China companies.

    The bill is in its early stages and has yet to be deliberated on by House and Senate committees. It was introduced just days before the visit of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Beijing as part of an Asian tour.

    Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a news conference Friday that the proposal was indicative of the senators' "arrogance and ignorance."
    Satellite footage taken on March 6 revealed the construction of a port that analysts believe could turn out to be a Chinese military installation on the North Island of the Paracels Island group.

    China and some other regional players, including Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines, have differences over the maritime borders and areas of responsibility in South China Sea and East China Sea.

    Beijing says that the Philippines and Vietnam deliberately use Washington's support to escalate tensions in the region. In July 2016, the Hague's Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled that China had no rights to the territory it had seized in the South China Sea.


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      Rubio needs to join McCain and Graham, in retirement from the Senate.
    • TGG3
      Basically superficial sanctions for face-saving purposes.

    • siberianhusky
      Please, please pretty please I want to see America put some serious sanctions on China if they have the balls to do that. I just want to see how China will react to that.
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      Darrell R
      Chances are the US will be asking China for a favor in the not so distant future.
    • avatar
      Usa leaders are dumb, Rudio, Mc. Cain and Graham like to be in the News that is all other wise there will soon find them self outside the government !!!
      This would be very good News !!!
    • avatar
      Well, China reply won't take LONG. No sanctions needed.
      China MUST learn about China future. RAMP up cooperation and wealth with Russia. MAKE Russia ULTRA RICH and powerful. Then stand by Russia as next SUPER POWER. China will be that too.

      China will have serious benefits. One is. China cost of infrastructure gone up. Making is harder to make in China very cheap as before. A VERY RICH Russia will buy and trade with China .
      And IF Russia remain Cheap, eventually China could place some not all industries in Russia. WIN ,WIN..
      There be other benefits.
      A common military is needed. Perhaps create a new mil block? Or CSTO , and RATS as anti terror etc?
      As for U.S. TRUMP will make AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. BUT NOT as before.
      Messing with CHINA is chopping off a FOOT.
      Industries may return to U.S. But U.S infrastructure is way too expensive. AMONG the MOST in the PLANET.
      So manufacturing will have an impact as ALL will be too expensive. And E.U is in the same BOAT.
      Wait until, E.U keep messing with the BEAR and see what I saying all along.
      From light bulbs to other stuff, ALL will be made in Russia. As a RESULT.
      U.S SPECIALLY, knows the truth. Once the LOCAL MANUFACTURE bandwagon begins, is near impossible to end. Or stop at all.
    • siberianhuskyin reply tocast235(Show commentHide comment)
      When factories will return back to America they will NOT to the benefits of the workers only for the government brining back some badly needed fiat reserve currency.
      World wide factories will NOT be job creators like in the old days. The factories will be "dark factories" that are totally automated and work 24/7 and no lights are needed accept for the service people occasionally doing an oil change or repair the robots.
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