Date: November 7, 2015
This US Navy photo obtained November 7, 2015 shows Two MV-22 Ospreys as they land on the
flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt on November 5, 2015 in the South China Sea
Simi Valley (United States) (AFP) – US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Saturday warned that land reclamation efforts and a military buildup in the South China Sea could lead to conflict between nations in the region.
Speaking at a defense forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, the Pentagon chief also said America was adapting its military posture to counter increased Russian “aggression.”
Appearing on the final leg of an eight-day trip that included meetings with defense ministers from several nations in the Asia-Pacific region, Carter said his concerns about the frantic pace of land reclamation in the South China Sea were broadly shared.
“The United States joins virtually everyone else in the region in being deeply concerned about the pace and scope of land reclamation in the South China Sea,” Carter told an audience of senior defense figures. [FULL STORY]