South China Sea tension: Beijing's threat over 'meddling US' as conflict fears ...

SOUTH CHINA SEA tensions soared after Beijing told the US to "stop meddling in its domestic affairs", as fears of conflict over the disputed region erupt.

PUBLISHED: 21:57, Sun, Jan 10, 2021 | UPDATED: 21:57, Sun, Jan 10, 2021

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The US has been hugely critical of Beijing, over its handling of Tibet, Hong Kong and nations attempting to fish and prosper throughout the South China Sea. Beijing claims sovereignty over the waters, a claim that is rejected by China's neighbouring countries, as well as global powerhouse the US. But in a cutting attempt to threaten Washington, China demanded that the US backs away from its domestic rows, as it attempts to maintain its authority in the lucrative waters.

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The new row between the nations emerged after Washington sparked fresh tension with their rivals by passing the Tibetan Policy and Support Act (TPSA).

The TPSA is an unprecedented piece of legislation, that calls for the opening of a US consulate in Lhasa, Tibet's capital, while backing claims for the Dalai Lama to determine his successor.

Reports says decisions "should be made by the appropriate religious authorities within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition”.

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It claimed that China's "interference" in the determination of succession, was a "clear violation of the fundamental religious freedoms for Tibetan Buddhists and the Tibetan people”.

South China Sea: Beijing's threat over 'meddling US' as conflict fears eruptSouth China Sea: Beijing's threat over 'meddling US' as conflict fears erupt (Image: GETTY)

South China Sea: Beijing's threat over 'meddling US' as conflict fears eruptSouth China Sea: Beijing's threat over 'meddling US' as conflict fears erupt (Image: GETTY)

China has previously made clear it intends to "anoint its own successor in Tibet", rejecting the Dalai Lama's backing of Gedhun Choekyi Nima.

Beijing responded to the legislation by saying it "resolutely opposes" the bill which "contains such ill contents on China".

Wang Wenbin, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, said: “Issues related to Tibet, Taiwan and Hong Kong concern China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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