Kamala Harris rebukes China in major speech
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Kamala Harris, 56, has concluded her tour of the Far East in Hanoi, Vietnam, where she spoke before a press conference about Sino-American relations in the South China Sea. During her press conference in Vietnam’s capital, the 49th Vice President said the US would speak up to Beijing over the South China Sea
America’s first female and minority ethnic Vice President said: “We welcome stiff competition, we do not seek conflict, but on issues such as the South China Sea, we are going to speak up.
“We are going to speak up when there are actions that Beijing takes that threaten the rules-based international order.”
She added: “The issue, in particular, of freedom of navigation, in that regard, is a vital issue for this reason.”
Ms Harris had already infuriated her Chinese counterparts earlier on when she offered Vietnamese leaders more naval assistance and claimed Beijing’s “bullying and excessive maritime claims” should be challenged.
‘We are going to speak up’ VP Kamala Harris issues stern warning to ‘bully’ Beijing (Image: Getty)
Chinese Navy in the South China Sea (Image: Getty)
The Global Times, a state-run tabloid based in Beijing, suggested the US must be “dreaming” to encourage Vietnam to take on China.
“For Washington”, The Global Times claimed in an editorial, “it couldn’t be better if a new war between Beijing and Hanoi breaks out.”
Vietnam and China hold close economic ties and both nations are led by communist governments.
During the trip, Washington and Beijing also appeared to be competing in a jab race in Vietnam.
Harris at McCain’s memorial (Image: Getty)
After the Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh thanked China for donating 2million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, the American Vice President pledged to hand over 1million doses of Pfizer jabs to Vietnam.
But it wasn’t only in Beijing that Joe Biden’s running mate received some flack.
Meghan McCain, the daughter of the former Republican nominee and Vietnam veteran John McCain, seemed to suggest Ms Harris was not doing everything in her power to evacuate people from Kabul in Afghanistan as she was laying flowers where her father was shot down in 1967.
In a Tweet, she said: “If you want to honor my dad’s legacy on this anniversary of his death – you would spend every second making sure every single American and Afghan ally is out of harm’s way.
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Ex-Arizona Senator and GOP nominee for the presidency John McCain (Image: Getty)
Ms McCain suggested tackling the evacuation of Afghanistan was more important. (Image: Getty)
“He was nothing if not someone who understood sacrifice and loyalty to the people he served with.”
While Ms McCain did not name the Vice President, her Twitter post was published hours after Harris was seen placing flowers at the memorial in Hanoi.
When the Vice President was paying her respect to John McCain at his memorial, she said: “He was an extraordinary American.”
She added: “He was so courageous and really lived the life of a hero.”