China is behaving like a 'bully' with its militarisation of islands in South China Sea: John McCain

John McCain said Washington must confront with its allies to find a peaceful solution on China's activities in the South China Sea.

Reuters May 30, 2017 18:17:33 IST
China is behaving like a 'bully' with its militarisation of islands in South China Sea: John McCain

China is behaving like a "bully" with its militarisation of islands in the South China Sea, Republican United States senator John McCain said on Tuesday, activity Washington must confront with its allies to find a peaceful solution.

In a speech in Sydney, McCain said China was asserting itself globally, best illustrated by militarising artificial islands in the South China Sea, a claim repeatedly rejected by Beijing.

China is behaving like a bully with its militarisation of islands in South China Sea John McCain

File image of US senator John McCain. AP image

"I think it is very clear that the Chinese by filling in these islands are militarising them and that is in violation of international law," the Arizona senator said.

McCain's comments are set to escalate tensions between the United States and China just days before delegates from both countries are scheduled to attend a regional security conference in Singapore.

China claims most of the resource-rich South China Sea, through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. Neighbours Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims on the strategic waterway.

The United States estimates Beijing has added more than 3,200 acres (1,300 hectares) of land on seven features in the South China Sea over the past three years, building runways, ports, aircraft hangars and communications equipment.

To counter the perceived Chinese aggression, the United States has conducted so-called freedom-of-navigation exercises, the most recent of which was conducted by a United States navy warship near Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands.

At the same time, United States president Donald Trump is seeking China's cooperation to rein in ally North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes.

Allies such as Australia have so far refused to participate in freedom-of-navigation exercises in the fear of alienating Beijing.

While McCain stopped short of calling on Australia to undertake the exercises, the former United States presidential nominee said allies must work together to find a peaceful solution.

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