Chinese media warn against US South China Sea move

Alleged on-going reclamation is conducted by China on Mischief Reef in the Spratly group of islands in the disputed South China Sea, on May 11, 2015Chinese media slammed the US Thursday for “ceaseless provocations” in the South China Sea, with Washington expected to soon send warships close to artificial islands Beijing has built in disputed waters. Tensions have mounted since China transformed reefs in the area — also claimed by several neighbouring countries — into small islands capable of supporting military facilities, a move that the US says threatens freedom of navigation. Following a meeting of American and Australian officials Tuesday, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter warned Beijing that Washington will continue to send its military where international law allows, including the South China Sea.

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