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    Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, in this file still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft and provided by the United States Navy on May 21, 2015

    US Urges China to Demilitarize South China Sea

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    The US is urging China to apply its claim of non-militarization in parts of the disputed South China Sea to the entire region. This comes as newly deployed surface-to-air missiles, radar systems, and fighter jets sit on an island there.

    Daniel Kritenbrink, senior director for Asian affairs at the National Security Council, discussed China’s provocative military ambitions in the region during a forum at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies.

    “We are concerned that China has taken a number of unilateral steps over the last several years that we think raise tensions in the region and are destabilizing,” Kritenbrink said. 

    During a state visit in September, President Xi Jinping maintained that Beijing “does not intend to pursue militarization” in the Spratly Island chain.

    Earlier this week, US Pacific Command chief Admiral Harry Harris said China was “changing the operational landscape of the region,” as reported by China Cheat Sheets.

    The South China Sea serves as a passageway for a third of the world’s oil, and analysts suspect it is filled with untapped natural resources. China claims about all of the South China Sea. It is also claimed in whole or in part by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam. 

    The Philippines is leading a lawsuit against China over territorial claims. The issue is being heard by an international court in The Hague, which is expected to make a ruling later this year. 

    Even though China doesn’t recognize the legitimacy of the court, Kritenbrink urges Beijing to respect its ruling.

    “When that ruling comes out, it will be binding on both parties,” Kritenbrink said. “That will be an important moment that all of us in the region should focus on.”

    In the past, the US Navy has conducted patrols in the region to uphold freedom-of-navigation laws in the region. Admiral Harris this week called for more such exercises. 


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    • Jet fuel can't melt steel beams
      "US Urges China to Demilitarize South China Sea"

      Urge? Like really? Will you use some "wmd" excuse like Irak? Or a regime change to achieve that goal? Poor us living in a parallel world..

      “We are concerned that China has taken a number of unilateral steps over the last several years that we think raise tensions in the region and are destabilizing,” Kritenbrink said.

      Well just like the us wars in Afghanistan/Vietnam/Panama/Nicaragua/Lybia/Kosovo/Serbia/Yugoslavia and the list goes on .. so I don't think that China is the one destabilizing nations and raising tensions..
    • A = π r 2in reply toJet fuel can't melt steel beams(Show commentHide comment)
      Jet fuel can't melt steel beams,

      'We are concerned that China has taken a number of unilateral steps over the last several years that we think raise tensions in the region and are destabilizing'

      is he sure he's talking about China here?
    • avatar
      The HAGUE is a COOKED court system. That renders erratic , biased rules.the world do NOT have to be bound by west courts at all. They NOT the law of the world.
      Unless you sign up for them. However China should send the BEST lawyers money can buy and defend itself. It's China's privileged at any court in the planet. ONLY U.N IF is ruled, which China holds a powerful VETO.
      As lately, U.S , E.U , U.K are becoming TOO ARROGANT. Often creating proxy wars and no one say nothing.
      And they messing with China.
      The China Sea is of no U.S concern. China NEVER said we will end U.S transit. Instead of looking for a conflict, that could see the world in flames, why not let say Russia, talk with China?
      There may be compromises. BUT everyone may decide best to end th conflict before it become a war. That ONLY west will benefit. Selling garbage those countries don't need.
    • Jet fuel can't melt steel beamsin reply toA = π r 2(Show commentHide comment)
      ultravi01et, Sure we have to understand "the usa".. but they will never admit they flaws as usual. Since they're so "exceptionnal" .. their ignorance/ madness sure are.
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      cast235in reply toA = π r 2(Show commentHide comment)
      ultravi01et, U.S should know it's place. It destroyed Syria illegally arming opposition and training them. That also saw radicals trained that just joined the terror cells.
      The others around China Sea , not ONLY occupied certain Islands in China disputes, but militarized them.
      U.S said, " They have a right to defend themselves."
      This may work in Kenya. But not in China.
    • avatar
      Uh, lets have the Outlaw US Empire remove it's extremely provocative armed forces from Korea, Japan, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, and any other place I missed West of California. Indeed, I think most of the planet's people would like to see the total dismantling of the Outlaw US Empire's global Empire of Bases.
    • FlorianGeyerin reply toJet fuel can't melt steel beams(Show commentHide comment)
      Jet fuel can't melt steel beams,

      Do you think that the water the US leaders are drinking might be contaminated with some sort of mind bending drug that distorts reality?

      Just a look at the many YouTube videos of the hapless Washington State Dept spokespeople defending the absurd suggests that all is not well in the 'brain department'.
    • avatar
      “We are concerned that China has taken a number of unilateral steps over the last several years that we think raise tensions in the region and are destabilizing,” Kritenbrink said.
      US evil empire nutjob saying others are destabilizing. laughable.
    • Kim Kyu-Un
      Yes, so it all comes down to dick size, which China is sorely lacking in.
    • avatar
      China's reply - Please, tell someone who give a f..ck.
    • avatar
      I guess when you are holding a bad hand, with the predetermined intent to bluff your opponent, the last thing you expected was for him to raise the stakes. Having done that, and thinking you can bluff your way to the 'pot', you now want him to take back his raise. As Kenny Rodgers likes to sing, "Know when to fold 'em; know when to run." The US is getting less and less intimidating when it comes to high stake games.
    • avatar
      I reckon they are digging an under-ocean tunnel to the USA! Beware!
    • avatar
      us had a plane fly over one of the islands recently and next day china installed anti aircraft missiles there. it looks like the us is helping and makes easier for china to militarize the islands. lol china can now put a lot of weapon systems such as long range anti ship anti aircraft missiles, war planes and bombers.

      Asian countries are so much dependent on china for their economy and so no matter what the us does, it is just distraction there.

      note that about 90 percent of japan oil import pass through the islands.
    • avatar
      So the US doesn't recognize the International Court of Justice but any decision by some court the Hague should be binding on China... Yanks are fools.
    • Terra
      us Urges China to Demilitarize South China Sea?

      And we the world demands you(us) to demilitarize the world you bloody hypocrite!!!
    • siberianhusky
      Dumbest thing China could do is to de-militarize the South East China Sea.
      If anything they should fortify the atolls they already have a create more of them further down the middle of the South China Sea
    • avatar
      Haha, 'please do not defend yourself, because we want to invade' comes to mind.
    • avatar
      Yankees urge China to demilitarize island so they can move in. Funny, isn't it?
    • avatar
      "US Urges China to Demilitarize South China Sea"

      “We are concerned that China has taken a number of unilateral steps over the last several years that we think raise tensions in the region and are destabilizing,”

      As spoken from an American battleship patrolling the South China Sea.
    • avatar
      The one Who knows
      This is what really is cooking up - forget US vs RU conflict - the real threat for the US is rising dragon - and soon they will join themselves with Russia to fight new contender. With oil so low - China is outpacing US in terms of growth and as you may know the first ring of islands around China is officially indefensible now. It wont take long until China will push their influence further (and I'm not talking Taiwan but waaay further)

      I found some new take on those geopolitical conflicts of superpowers here (independenttrader.org ) I welcome conflicting views - hit me up for a discussion!
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