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US vows "action" as the Chinese Bully Marches on

China continues to steal control of its neighbors' territorial waters, building airstrips and essentially behaving as a bully. The US vows "action," but obviously nothing will be done during the Obama administration.

From MSN:

Chinese construction on a South China Sea islet claimed by the Philippines would prompt "actions being taken" by the United States and other nations, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter warned Saturday.

Speaking at a security summit in Singapore, Carter said Beijing risks building a "Great Wall of self-isolation" with its military expansion in the contested waters, but he also proposed stronger bilateral security cooperation to reduce the risks of a mishap.

"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 said when asked about Scarborough Shoal in a forum also attended by senior Chinese military officials.

Hong Kong's South China Morning Post has reported that China plans to establish an outpost on the shoal, 230 kilometres (140 miles) off the Philippine coast, which Manila says lies in its exclusive economic zone.

Beijing claims nearly all of the strategically vital sea and has developed contested reefs into artificial islands, some topped with airstrips.
Obviously, the Chinese do not believe their own ridiculous assertions about sea ownership. This is simply the behavior of a regime that operates in terms of greed and terror, and is willing to say or do anything to get its way. Chinese power has expanded during the Obama years due to the sense of weakness emanating from the commander in chief.
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