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Pentagon chief urges China to stop island building

Chinese Gen. Fan Changlong Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission, arrives at the Pentagon on June 11, 2015, and stands with US Secretary of Defense Secretary Ashton Carter(R) in Washington, DCUS Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter called Thursday on Beijing to stop building artificial islands in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, as he hosted a top Chinese general. The visit to the Pentagon of General Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, was relatively low key amid simmering tensions over the maritime dispute and a massive hack of US federal employees. China insists it has sovereignty over nearly all of the South China Sea, a major global shipping route believed to be home to oil and gas reserves, but rival claimants accuse it of expansionism.

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