China accuses U.S. of militarizing South China Sea

China says it’s serious about its commitment not to pursue militarization of the Nansha Islands in the South China Sea.

This is in response to a recent statement by U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby.

Kirby said commercial satellite imagery suggested “very recent” placement of missiles on Yongxing Island that goes against China’s pledge not to militarize the South China Sea.

However, a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry says demilitarization in the region is not a matter for just a single country.

He says the U.S. is strengthening military deployment in the South China Sea and frequently sends military vessels or planes to the waters to conduct reconnaissance against China.

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