US hits China on new SCS structures


Pia Lee-Brago


The Philippine Star


 December 18, 2017


Even as the Philippines has belied new Chinese activity in the oil-rich South China Sea, the United States last week called China’s continuing development of islands in the disputed waters “unacceptable.” US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the US now has an active mechanism through which Washington and China can put complex issues on the table including the South China Sea row. “And we have differences, such as the South China Sea and China’s building of structures, militarization of these structures, and how that affects our allies in the region as well in terms of free and open trade,” Tillerson said at the 2017 Atlantic Council-Korea Foundation Forum in Washington.