South China Sea: A U.S.-China Military Conflict Is Imminent

South China Sea: A U.S.-China Military Conflict Is Imminent
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Immediately after reports surfaced that the U.S. Navy was planning to send warships within 12 nautical miles of the disputed Spratly Islands, China hit back at Washington. The Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Beijing would “never allow any country to violate China’s territorial waters and airspace in the Spratly Islands.” She blamed “some countries” for “flexing their military muscles again and again.”

Washington to defend freedom of navigation

China’s aggressive land reclamation activities in the South China Sea have alarmed its neighbors. It has been transforming reefs and shoals, many of them submerged, into artificial islands. It has also built three airstrips in the Spratlys that can accommodate most Chinese fighter aircraft. Many of China’s neighbors including Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, and the Philippines have overlapping claims.

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