The 47-page 'Limits in the Seas' report, released on Wednesday, also states that China's claim to "historic rights" over the South China Sea is unlawful – a finding that concurs with the decision of the 2016 international arbitration tribunal in a case brought by the Philippines.
In the report, the U.S. reiterates its call for the People's Republic of China (PRC) to conform its maritime claims to international law and to comply with the decision of the tribunal, as well as "to cease its unlawful and coercive activities in the South China Sea."
China has yet to respond to the report, but in the past, Beijing has insisted that it holds "historical rights" to most of the South China Sea and declared the arbitration tribunal's ruling "null and void."
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