Republican Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma raised serious apprehension about Chinese activities in the South China Sea during a Senate hearing.
Inhofe said, “It’s like you’re preparing for World War III. You’re talking to our allies over there and you wonder whose side they’re going to be on.”
He stated that he was “concerned” that the message was not coming across, after China used a media blitz to present a host of illegal, artificial islands as “search and rescue centers”.
It is to be noted that last year Chinese state media circulated images of 2.8 km square island fortress for the first time after its completion.
On 29th Jan this year, Beijing’s state run media mouthpiece Xinhua says China’s Ministry of Transport has officially opened a ‘maritime rescue center’ on Fiery Cross Reef.
Xinhua quotes the ministry as saying.
“The center will offer better support to maritime rescue operations in the southern part of the South China Sea,”
As per the latest estimates, the Fiery Cross Reef is third largest of China’s artificial island fortresses having more than 100 building.
The news article provided no explanation why gun and missile and hardened aircraft hangars were needed on an island meant for maritime rescue.
As per Inhofe, the US sat back and watched as China staked its claim on the contested reefs. He emphasized that because the U.S did nothing, the islands are now equipped with weapons and fortifications.
In this video Defense Updates analyses why U.S Senator is saying that China is preparing for World War III because of its activities in the South China Sea?
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