US: China's South China Sea buildings could house missiles
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China, in an early test of US President Donald Trump, has nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles, two US officials told Reuters. The development is likely to raise questions about whether and how the United States will respond, given its vows to take a tough line on China in the South China Sea. China claims almost all the waters, which carry a third of the world’s maritime traffic. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims. Trump’s administration has called China’s island-building in the South China Sea illegal.
US: China's South China Sea buildings could house missiles. (2017, February 23). Malaya, pp. B1, B6.
Disputes; Territorial waters; Artificial islands; International law; Law of the sea; Military operations; Defence craft; Political aspects; Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague; Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); Trump, Donald; Geng, Shuang; Tillerson, Rex; Xi, Jinping; Poling, Greg; Yasay, Perfecto; Freeman, Chas
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