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Sunday, 24 January 2016

Washington: Carter blamed Beijing for mounting tensions

Beijing making 'self isolating' moves in S. China Sea


US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter offered that the US is not seeking an excuse for a clash with China, but noted that the American military will keep operating in the region.

“I am not one of those people who believe that conflict between China and the US is inevitable. It is certainly not desirable and I don't think it is likely,” he said, adding that American forces, “will fly, sail and operate whatever international law permits in the South China Sea.”

Charter also said, “China is taking some steps that I fear are self-isolating, driving towards a result that none of us wants."

China’s activities in the region.
  1. Constructed airstrips on artificial islands.
  2. Testing for new military and civil aviation facilities.
Beijing has repeatedly claimed it doesn’t intend to militarize the region, but suggested that it is ready to defend its South China Sea facilities, if necessary.

Sources: Philippine News Agency

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