US asks China to stop building islands
US seeks greater contact with China.
Pentagon again asks China to end island building, seeks more military contact
By David Brunnstrom
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter met a top Chinese general on Thursday and repeated a U.S. call for a halt to land reclamation in the South China Sea, while stressing that the Pentagon remained committed to expanding military contacts with China.
In the meeting with General Fan Changlong, a deputy head of China’s powerful Central Military Commission, Carter stressed his commitment to developing “a sustained and substantive U.S.-China military-to-military relationship”, the Pentagon said.
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