US-China debate over militarization of South China Sea

The commander of all US Indo-Pacific forces, Admiral John Aquilino, has accused China of “fully militarizing three features in the South China Sea,” Mischief, Subi and Fiery Cross reefs. He did so while on board a US surveillance plane flying near some of the Chinese-occupied features.

He added, “I think over the past 20 years we’ve witnessed the largest [Chinese] military buildup since World War II,” and asserted that the buildup “is destabilizing to the region.”

He elaborated that China had “anti-ship and anti aircraft missile systems, laser arming equipment and fighter jets.”

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