“China’s militarization of the Spratlys is also in direct contradiction to President Xi’s public assurances in the White House Rose Garden that they would not do this,”
SINGAPORE — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called out China for militarizing “artificial features” in the South China Sea — a dig at China’s placing weapons on disputed land features that China has turned into islands, Breitbart reports.
Over 750 delegates from over 40 countries are gathered to discussed regional security issues, targeting The People’s Republic of Chinas military mobilization in South China Sea.
“We are prepared to support China’s choices if they promote long-term peace and prosperity for all in this dynamic region. Yet China’s policy in the South China Sea stands in stark contrast to the openness our strategy promotes. It calls into question China’s broader goals.”
SOD Mattis sent a direct message to China, who sent a delegation to the conference and whose representatives were in attendance for the debriefing. The United States has been treating China with “kid gloves” because of the “importance” that the Chinese officials place on “saving face.”
China has been stead fast that they did not build the islands for military purposes and China has stated since 2015 that they will not militarize the islands in any way.
“China’s militarization of artificial features in the South China Sea includes the deployment of anti-ship missiles, surface-to-air missiles, electronic jammers, and more recently, the landing of bomber aircraft at Woody Island. China’s militarization of the Spratlys is also in direct contradiction to President Xi’s public assurances in the White House Rose Garden that they would not do this. I believe there are much larger consequences in the future.”
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that America is facing “growing threats” from China and Russia, and warned that the US military’s advantages have eroded in recent years.
Last month, China’s air force landed bombers on disputed islands and reefs in the South China Sea as part of a training exercise, triggering concern from Vietnam and the Philippines.
Satellite photographs taken on May 12 showed China appeared to have deployed truck-mounted surface-to-air missiles or anti-ship cruise missiles at Woody Island in the disputed sea.
He Lei, the head of the Chinese delegation to the dialogue, said the islands were Chinese territory and it was “a sovereign and legal right for China to place our army and military weapons there.”
“We see any other country that tries to make noise about this as interfering in our internal affairs,” said He, who is deputy president of the Academy of Military Sciences at the People’s Liberation Army.
RWT Reported just days ago about China and SOD Mattis blunt statement that China was provided the opportunity for peace and to demilitarize the South China Sea, China refused and then immediately sent more SAM missiles to the islands.
“Concerns have come to me not from American government circles but also from foreign navies that are also concerned, very concerned about this continuing militarization of features in the South China Sea.” ~ Defense Secretary Jim Mattis
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