Asean nations should not allow themselves to be ‘bullied’ by Beijing in South China Sea, Pompeo says

UN Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday urged Southeast Asian nations to reconsider deals with Chinese companies blacklisted by Washington for building island outposts he says Beijing is using to “bully” rival claimants in the disputed South China Sea.Pompeo spoke with counterparts from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in an annual conference by video due to the coronavirus pandemic. Four of the members – the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei – have been locked…

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