Pentagon mulls sending planes, near disputed water
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The Pentagon is considering sending U.S. military aircraft and ships to assert freedom of navigation around growing Chinese-made artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, a U.S. official said on Tuesday. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter requested options that include sending U.S. military ships and aircraft within 12 nautical miles of reefs that China has been building up in the disputed Spratly Islands, the official said. Such a move would directly challenge Chinese efforts to expand its influence in the disputed region by literally adding territory through a massive island-building exercise.
Mabasa, R. C. (2015, May 14). Pentagon mulls sending planes, near disputed water. Manila Bulletin, pp. 1, 8.
- Manila Bulletin