China blames the US for its militarization of artificial islands in the South China Sea
- China's top newspaper said the US sailing it's Navy ships through international waters in the South China Sea will only cause China to increase the militarization of the region.
- China's neighbors worry that it's building artificial islands and militarizing them with missile sites and air bases in order to gain control over the shipping lane where $5 trillion in annual commerce passes through.
- The US Navy sails through international waters all over the world, and challenges maritime claims that international courts find excessive.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s top newspaper, decrying Washington as a trouble-maker, said on Monday U.S. moves in the South China Sea like last week’s freedom of navigation operation will only cause China to strengthen its deployments in the disputed waterway.