China Faces Scrutiny for Island Building in South China Sea

Published By : 03 Aug 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

China is facing increasing pressure over the construction being undertaken in an island in the South China Sea during high level security meetings being held among Asian countries. One of these meetings to be held this week will also include top diplomats from the U.S. along with from China.

China is expanding the island by adding tiny reefs to it and also topping some of the reefs with military posts to strengthen its claims over the disputed region in the strategic sea, an act that has added to fears of a possible regional conflict and arms race.

The problems of human trafficking in Southeast Asia and the numerous concerns over the missile launches by North Korea are also expected to be among the issues that will be discussed at the meetings to be held in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

A senior officer from the US State Department stated that the sea row will be the centre of all the discussions of the meetings that are going to last for three days. The meetings are a part of an annual security meet held by the 10-member group of Asian countries, Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean).

The US official said that the Aseans are also concerned about the scope, scale, pace, and the implications of reclamation work being carried out by China. John Kerry, the Secretary of State of the United States and Wang Yi, his Chinese counterpart, along with ministers from the Koreas, Japan, South-east Asia, and other nations will also attend the meet.

Members of the Asean club, including Vietnam, Brunei, the Philippines, and Malaysia all have various claims to the disputed region of the South China Sea, as also Taiwan does. 

Beijing, however, claims all of it and the neighbors are complaining that the land reclamation by China is violation of a regional pledge that seeks to avoid provocative actions.
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