US warns China of 'consequences' over militarization in South China Sea

The warning comes after China 'quietly' installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on three outposts in the disputed region.

Published: 04th May 2018 11:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th May 2018 11:13 AM   |  A+A-

Flag of US and China (Photo | AP)

By ANI

WASHINGTON: The White House warned Beijing on Thursday, saying there will be consequences for its growing militarization in the South China Sea.

This comes after China quietly installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on three outposts in the disputed region.

This would, in all probability, allow Beijing to further project its power in the South China Sea.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that the United States has concerns regarding the issue.

"We're well aware of China's militarization of the South China Sea. There will be near-term and long-term consequences, and we'll certainly keep you up to date," she was quoted as saying by CNN.

According to the U.S. intelligence reports, Chinese military had deployed missiles to three artificial islands during recent military drills on the contested sea, CNN reported.

The South China Sea is one of the most contested regions in the world. China, the Philippines, and Vietnam, among several others, have overlapping territorial claims on the sea.

China, in 2016 declared that it had already deployed similar weapons to Woody Island in the Paracel Islands, on the northwestern edge of the South China Sea.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying earlier said, her nation has been involved in peaceful construction in the islands and such relevant deployments target no one.

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp