VP Harris slams China as Communist Party makes inroads with Taliban

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Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday urged Vietnam to join the United States in challenging China’s belligerence in the South China Sea — as the Chinese Communist Party makes inroads with the Taliban while the militant group reclaims control over Afghanistan. As part of her week-long trip through Southeast Asia, Harris met with Vietnam Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and President Ngyuen Xuan Phuc, reiterating her criticism of China as the CCP moves in on the power vacuum in Afghanistan left by the US’ rushed evacuation. “We need to find ways to pressure and raise the pressure, frankly, on Beijing to abide by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and to challenge its bullying and excessive maritime claims,” she said as the administration faces international scorn for its botched withdrawal that has left thousands of Americans and allies stranded. Harris, the first US vice president to visit Vietnam, added that the US will support sending additional US Coast Guard personnel to defend the nation’s security interests in the region.

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