Protesting China’s Unlawful Maritime Claims at the UN

June 1, 2020

His Excellency António Guterres
United Nations
New York, New York, 10017


I have the honor to convey a letter to you regarding Note Verbale No. CML/14/2019 sent by the Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to you on December 12, 2019 in response to the submission by Malaysia to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) dated December 12, 2019. The United States rejects these maritime claims as inconsistent with international law as reflected in the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention. I request that you circulate the enclosed letter to all UN Member States as a document of the General Assembly under Agenda Item 74(a) and of the Security Council, and that you post it on the web page of the Office of Legal Affairs, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea.

Please accept, Excellency, the renewed assurances of my highest consideration.


Kelly Craft
United States Representative to the United Nations

As stated.

Letter from Ambassador Kelly Craft to Secretary-General António Guterres on South China Sea