Defense Secretary Ash Carter offered up some blunt talk on Beijing on Tuesday, saying the Pentagon needed to spend more money on hi-tech weapons to keep China in check — especially amid spiking tensions in the South China Sea.
Asked about U.S. warships sailing near reefs and islands claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea, Carter said there would no letup. “We have to react,” he said at an event unveiling next year’s proposed Defense spending plan.
“We’re going to fly and sail and operate where international law permits, period.”
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