Ashton Carter, United States Defense secretary cautioned China that if they will continue to construct new structures in the West Philippine Sea, an action will be taken place by United States and other allied nations with the use of military force.
Carter said that with the proposed stronger bilateral security cooperation, it will lessen the dangers of mishap, pertaining to the risks of building a “Great Wall of self-isolation by Beijing including its military expansion in the disputed waters.
“I hope that this development doesn’t occur because it will result in actions being taken both by the United States, and actions being taken by others in the region that will have the effect of not only increasing tensions but isolating China,” Carter answered in a forum attended also by senior Chinese military officials.
This was in connection with a report that China plans to establish an outpost on the Scarborough Shoal located 230 kilometers from Philippines, from Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post.
A Chinese official from an international military cooperation quickly fire back at Secretary Carter’s remarks saying it is U.S. “cold war mentality” reflection that any sanctions against China will result in failure.