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McCain Urges Boost in Military to Counter China Threat

McCain Urges Boost in Military to Counter China Threat

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By    |   Monday, 12 September 2016 02:54 PM

Calling China a bully that wields its power to challenge the international order, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain condemned Beijing's militarization of the South China Sea, The Washington Free Beacon reports.

In a speech over the weekend at the Heritage Foundation, McCain said "the U.S. must invest in robust naval, air, and ground presence to provide a forward defense in the Western Pacific," including "an effort to continue to fly, sail, and operate wherever international law allows."

He stressed that in order to defend its national interests and protect allies, the U.S. must "maintain a favorable military balance in the Asia-Pacific."

McCain explained that, "In the South China Sea, China has shattered the commitments that it made to its neighbors in the 2002 declaration of conduct as well as more recent commitments to the U.S. government by conducting reclamation on disputed features and militarizing the South China Sea at a startling and destabilizing rate."

McCain's remarks came on the heels of President Barack Obama's trip to Asia, during which difficulties between the U.S. and China were apparent, as Beijing has angered neighbors with its territorial claims over almost the entire South China Sea, as well as its refused to accept the July ruling of an international tribunal that found China's claims there to have no basis.

The Obama administration has mainly used diplomatic means, along with the Navy sailing close to disputed areas, to counter Chinese aggression, but Beijing has continued its military construction on artificial islands.


Republicans have criticized Obama's policy for not being backed up by sufficient resources and resolve.

Earlier this year, Foreign Policy said that a report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission warned the Beijing is expanding its ability to strike at such American interests as Guam, where the U.S. has some 5,000 soldiers and considerable forces.

Beijing's apparent intentions are to have the capability to deter U.S. responses to China's territorial claims in the region.

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