US: China has mobile artillery on reclaimed isle
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The United States said yesterday China had placed mobile artillery weapons systems on a reclaimed island in the disputed South China Sea, a development that Republican Sen. John McCain called “disturbing and escalatory.” Brent Colburn, a Pentagon spokesman traveling with Defense Secretary Ash Carter, said the US was aware of the weapons. McCain, chairman of the Senate’s Armed Services Committee, said the move would escalate tensions but not lead to conflict. “It is a disturbing development and escalatory development, one which heightens our need to make the Chinese understand that their actions are in violation of international law and their actions are going to be condemned by everyone in the world,” he said at a news conference in Ho Chi Minh City.
Katigbak, J. (2015, May 30). US: China has mobile artillery on reclaimed isle. The Philippine Star Printing, p.12.
- The Philippine Star