The White House has warned of “consequences” for what it called militarization of the South China Sea, following reports that Beijing had installed missiles on three outposts in the hotly contested region.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday “there will be near-term and long-term consequences” in response to the reported military buildup in the South China Sea.
Sanders said the Trump administration had “raised concerns” about the issue “directly” with Chinese authorities.
Citing sources with knowledge of US intelligence, CNBC News reported on Wednesday that China had installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on three of its fortified outposts in the South China Sea.
The Pentagon has also reacted to the intelligence…