The following is an excerpt from rt.com | November 1, 2015 |
Tensions are flaring up in the South China Sea, as pro and anti-Western powers vie for the waters. American allies are now demanding an increased US presence in the area, despite China and Japan agreeing to talks.
The announcement that the US is expected to help Japan and other allies out comes from US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter shortly after an American warship came within just 12 miles of China’s claimed territories.
This has prompted strong criticism from Beijing, which put it in the category of “provocative acts.” The territory is amongst the world’s busiest shipping lanes, and according to Beijing, even a small incident could lead to all-out war.
“The attention to disputed claims in the South China Sea, the prominence of those disputes, is having the effect of causing many countries in the region to want to intensify their security cooperation with the United States,” Carter was cited by Reuters as saying shortly before he headed to South Korea, ahead of the upcoming defense summit in Malaysia.
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