China is very concerned about the US military buildup in the South China Sea as every invasion attempt against Chinese territory has come through that region, says an author and political analyst.
The White House accused China of militarizing the South China Sea on Thursday, following reports that Beijing has installed missiles on three outposts in the hotly contested region.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders warned that “there will be near-term and long-term consequences” in response to the reported military buildup in the South China Sea.
“I don’t think there are any serious consequences even being contemplated,” Mike Billington, Asia editor for the Executive Intelligence Review, said in an interview. “This is just the way the Trump administration talks about these things.”
“It’s rather ironic that they are accusing China of militarizing the South China Sea, when it’s primarily the US and occasionally some of…