U.S. Calls China’s South China Sea Building Efforts ‘Troubling’

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The U.S. finds China’s efforts to build military facilities on reclaimed South China Sea islands “troubling” and plans to raise the issue during annual talks in Washington this month, a top State Department official said.

Daniel Russel, assistant U.S. secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, was responding to a Chinese statement Tuesday, saying the country would complete island-building efforts “in the upcoming days.” Construction of military and civilian facilities on the new and expanded islands would continue, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

“The recent announcement out of Beijing that the Chinese government intends to continue and expand the construction of facilities on the reclaimed outposts that it’s been constructing in the South China Sea is troubling,” Russel said at a briefing Thursday in Washington. “Frankly, we’re concerned, and others are concerned.”

The U.S. will levy its protest during the Sino-U.S. talks, which are slated to start Monday and include Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang. Adding to tensions in this year’s meetings are claims that U.S. government computers were hacked by Chinese cyberspies and preparations for President Xi Jinping’s state visit planned for September.

 

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