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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Chinese weaponry said to be on artificial island

Mischief Reef in the Spratly IslandsChina’s land reclamation in the South China Sea is out of step with international rules, and turning underwater land into airfields won’t expand its sovereignty, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told an international security conference Saturday, stepping up America’s condemnation of the communist giant as Beijing officials sat in the audience.

Carter told the room full of Asia-Pacific leaders and experts that the U.S. opposes “any further militarization” of the disputed lands.

His remarks were immediately slammed as “groundless and not constructive” by a Chinese military officer in the audience.

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