Friday, April 10, 2015

U.S. And China Exchange Harsh Words Over Territorial Disputes In The South China Sea

Graphic on the disputed claims on islands in the South China Sea ©Adrian Leung (AFP/File)

Reuters: Obama says concerned China bullying others in South China Sea

(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said Washington is concerned China is using its "sheer size and muscle" to push around smaller nations in the South China Sea, drawing a swift rebuke from Beijing which accused the United States of being the bully.

China's rapid reclamation around seven reefs in the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea has alarmed other claimants, such as the Philippines and Vietnam, and drawn growing criticism from U.S. government officials and the military.

While the new islands will not overturn U.S. military superiority in the region, workers are building ports and fuel storage depots and possibly two airstrips that experts have said would allow Beijing to project power deep into the maritime heart of Southeast Asia.

More News On The U.S. And China Exchanging Harsh Words Over Territorial Disputes In The South China Sea

Obama: China 'using muscle' to dominate in South China Sea -- BBC
Obama says China bullying smaller nations in South China Sea row -- The Guardian
Obama Says Concerned China Using Muscle in South China Sea -- Bloomberg
Obama Fears China Is Bullying South China Sea Neighbors -- NBC
U.S. says Chinese activity in South China Sea causes regional 'anxiety' -- Reuters
South China Sea Dispute: While Obama Says ‘Bully’, China Says ‘Beyond Reproach’ -- WSJ OTC
China Reacts To Obama's Comments On South China Sea; Ash Carter Condemns Artificial Islands -- IBTimes
China rejects Obama's criticism in islands dispute -- USA Today
China blasts Obama over military 'muscle' in South China Sea -- AFP
China Rebuffs Obama's Comment over South China Sea -- CRIEnglish
China defends South China Sea reclamation, accuses US of ignoring rival claimants' activities -- FOX News/AP
China cementing reach in South China Sea with civilian infrastructure -- Reuters

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