US calls for end to China land grab
“Turning an underwater rock into an airfield simply does not afford the rights of sovereignty…”
Carter Calls For ‘Immediate & Complete Halt’ To South China Sea Island Building
By COLIN CLARK
AFA CONFERENCE: Just as the White House confirmed Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit at the end of this month, Defense SecretaryAsh Carter issued a clear call for “an immediate and lasting halt to land reclamation by all claimants” in the South China Sea. China, of course, has done the vast majority of the island-building.
“We also oppose any further militarization of disputed features. We all know there is no military solution to the South China Sea disputes. Right now, at this critical juncture, is the time for renewed diplomacy, focused on a finding a lasting solution that protects the rights and the interests of all,” Carter told a standing room only audience at the Air Force Association’s annual conference.
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