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U.S. defense chief to China: End South China Sea expansion
As China rapidly builds new artificial islands in the South China Sea to expand its territory claim there, Washington is adamantly refusing to recognize those claims.
On Saturday, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called on Beijing to stop amid fresh tensions... Many of China's artificial islands are much closer to other countries' mainland shores than they are to its own. Carter called for an immediate stop to land reclamation by all nations and a stop to the militarization of the existing ones.
Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell told CNN this week that the confrontation could "absolutely" present a risk of the U.S. and China going to war sometime in the future.
The U.S. is considering flying surveillance missions closer than it has before over the islands, as well as sailing U.S. warships within miles of them, as part of the new, more robust U.S. military posture in the area...
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