China’s island-building in South China Sea faces scrutiny at Asia security talks

(From The Economic Times)

Beijing faces pressure over its island-building in the South China Sea during this week’s high-level Asian security meetings that will include top US and Chinese diplomats.

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in this file photo

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in this file photo

China is expanding tiny reefs into islands and topping some with military posts to reinforce its disputed claims over the strategic sea, fanning fears of a regional arms race and possible conflict.

Southeast Asia’s human-trafficking problem and concerns over North Korean missile launches are also expected to be among the issues discussed at the talks in Kuala Lumpur. Read More

 



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