“The US should think seriously about what kind of the Asia-Pacific does it really want to see? What role should it play in realizing peace and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific,” China said through its foreign ministry after United States Defense Secretary Ash Carter called to stop all land reclamation in West Philippine Sea.
“Is it really in the interest of the US if chaos reigns in the Asia-Pacific which is the major driver of global economic growth,” China added.
“A few countries continuously make troubles in the area and provoke China’s territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests at will in order to obtain selfish gains with the encouragement and instigation of some other people. This is the culprit of the chaos in the South China Sea.
The US defense chief said on Wednesday that the US opposes “any further militarization of disputed features.”
Secretary Carter also vowed that US will remain as the principal security power in the Asia-Pacific for decades to come. “The United States will fly, sail, and operate wherever international law allows, as we do all around the world.”