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US Slaps Sanctions on Chinese Firms, Individuals Amid S. China Sea Dispute

By Kyodo News 27 August 2020

WASHINGTON—The US government said Wednesday it had blacklisted some Chinese firms and imposed visa restrictions on company executives involved in asserting Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea, a move likely to fuel further bilateral tension over the disputed waters.

The actions were taken after the United States in July toughened its policy on the South China Sea, which is contested by China and several Southeast Asian nations, calling Beijing’s claims to offshore resources across most of the waters “completely unlawful.”

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