Friday, May 24, 2019 | ePaper

Trump slams Obama for being ‘impotent’ about South China Sea problem

  • Print


PTI, Washington :
US President Donald Trump today slammed his predecessor Barack Obama for being "impotent" and not stopping China from expanding its influence in the South China Sea, saying the Chinese Navy was now posing a confrontational challenge for America in the disputed region.
President Trump's remarks came hours after he was briefed at the White House by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on his meetings with the top Chinese leadership in Beijing this week. "The Obama administration was impotent about the South China Sea," Donald Trump said during an interaction with reporters abroad Air Force One.
He said the Chinese Navy was now posing a confrontational challenge for America in the disputed South China Sea region.
China is engaged in hotly contested territorial disputes in the South China Sea, and with Japan in the East China Sea. Both the areas are stated to be rich in minerals, oil and other natural resources. They are also vital to global trade.
China claims almost all of the South China Sea. Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have counter claims over the area.
The US has been conducting regular patrols in the South China Sea to assert freedom of navigation in the area where Beijing has built up and militarised many of the islands and reefs it controls in the region.
During Mike Pompeo's visit, Donald Trump earlier told reporters at the White House that China was sending a message to him, but those messages did not work. He said Mike Pompeo was treated with great respect during his trip to Beijing.
"They're just trying to get me a message. But those messages don't work. They don't work. But no, I think they treated him with great respect, actually. You know, they had meetings besides just the news conference. And I think they treated him with great respect," he said when asked if he was concerned the way the Chinese treated Mr Pompeo.

More News For this Category

May clings to power as Brexit gambit backfires

May clings to power as Brexit gambit backfires

Reuters, London  :Prime Minister Theresa May was clinging on to power on Thursday after her final Brexit gambit backfired, overshadowing a European election that has shown a United Kingdom still

Trump walks out on Democrats as impeachment talk heats up

Trump walks out on Democrats as impeachment talk heats up

Donald Trump erupted in fury Wednesday at unrelenting probes into his links to Russia, as the top Democrat in Congress accused the president of a "cover-up" that could be an

Pentagon proposing troop buildup in the Mideast

Pentagon proposing troop buildup in the Mideast

AP, Washington  :The Pentagon on Thursday will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up

News In Brief

Trump to get royal treatment on Japan emperor visitAFP, WashingtonDonald Trump is accused at times of acting like a king, but when the US president becomes the first foreign leader

Monitor says no evidence of new Syria chemical attack

AFP, Beirut  : A British-based war monitor said Wednesday it had no evidence to suggest the Syrian army had carried out a new chemical attack despite Washington's announcement it had suspicions."We

Top officials say US doesn't want war with Iran

Top officials say US doesn't want war with Iran

AP, Washington :Top Trump administration officials have told Congress that recent actions by the U.S. have deterred Iranian attacks on American forces. But some lawmakers remain deeply skeptical of the

Modi's party promises to boost India's economy; Congress calls exit polls fake

Modi's party promises to boost India's economy; Congress calls exit polls fake

Reuters, New Delhi :India's ruling coalition has promised to rev up growth, double farmers' income and boost infrastructure spending in the next five years after exit polls showed it would

India's Congress urges workers to ignore ominous exit polls, be vigilant

India's Congress urges workers to ignore ominous exit polls, be vigilant

Reuters, New Delhi :India's main opposition Congress party has told its workers not to lose heart and to remain vigilant at vote-count centers after exit polls predicted a clear election

Sherpa climbs Everest twice in a week for record 24th

Sherpa climbs Everest twice in a week for record 24th

Agencies, Kathmandu  :Just a week after breaking his own record for the most number of summits on Mount Everest, Kami Rita Sherpa yet again climbed the world's highest mountain today

Brexit shifts politics in Ireland as parties look north

Brexit shifts politics in Ireland as parties look north

Reuters, Dublin  :When Britain voted to leave the European Union, few voters outside Northern Ireland thought about what it would mean for the British province.Three years on, Northern Ireland is