Chinese President Xi Jinping said five years ago that China's outposts would not "target or impact any country." The US Department of State has blamed China for failing to keep its promise not to pursue militarization in the South China Sea that Chinese President Xi Jinping made five years ago. Construction at Mabini (Johnson) Reef by China, in the disputed Spratly Islands, in the south China Sea. Photo: EPA/ Armed Forces of the Philippines Xi made the promise on September 25, 2015 when he was in the White House Rose Garden, stating that "China does not intend to pursue militarization" of the Spratly Islands, and China's outposts would not "target or impact any country," Morgan Ortagus, the US State Department's spokesperson, said in a statement. "China has instead pursued a reckless and provocative militarization of those disputed outposts, they have deployed anti-ship cruise missiles, expanded military radar and signal intelligence capabilities, constructed dozens of fighter jet hangars, and have built runways capable of accommodating combat aircraft," Morgan Ortagus added. The spokesperson went on to say that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) uses these militarized outposts as platforms of coercion to assert control over waters to which Beijing has no lawful… Read full this story
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