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Obama administration was "impotent" about South China Sea: Trump

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US Wednesday slammed his predecessor for being "impotent" and not stopping from expanding its influence in the Sea, saying the was now posing a confrontational challenge for in the disputed region.

Trump's remarks came hours after he was briefed at the by of State on his meetings with the top Chinese leadership in this week.

"The was impotent about the Sea," Trump said during an interaction with reporters Abroad Air Force One.

He said the was now posing a confrontational challenge for in the disputed region.

China is engaged in hotly contested territorial disputes in the Sea, and with in the Sea. Both the areas are stated to be rich in minerals, and other natural resources. They are also vital to global trade.

China claims almost all of the Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, and have counter claims over the area.

The US has been conducting regular patrols in the to assert freedom of navigation in the area where has built up and militarised many of the islands and reefs it controls in the region.

During Pompeo's trip, Trump earlier told reporters at the that China was sending a message to him, but those messages did not work.

He said Pompeo was treated him great respect during his trip to

"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 conference. And I think they treated him with great respect," he said when asked if he was concerned the way the Chinese treated Pompeo.

Trump also said Pompeo did not have a great meeting in China.

"It wasn't so much - I guess he was giving them a message, and they were giving him a message to come back to me," Trump said.

However, State Department told reporters at a briefing that Pompeo had a good, constructive meetings with his Chinese counterparts.

"They're certainly a competitor. It's a complex and broad-based relationship that we have with China, as you all saw in the comments and exchanges between the and his counterparts. We have areas of common interest. is one of them," Nauert said.

"Working to combat illegal narcotics is another area where we work well together. We also have areas of disagreement and areas where we have challenges, and we'll keep working together on that. It's obviously an important relationship that we need to work hard to maintain," she said.

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First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 09:25 IST