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Japan: Militarized Islands Would Expand China Influence

Japan: Militarized Islands Would Expand China Influence

Japan’s top naval officer says the entire South China Sea could fall under China’s military sphere of influence if it uses the artificial islands it has built there for military purposes.

Adm. Tomohisa Takei urged countries in the Indo-Pacific region to forge strong relations with the U.S., whose presence he said was needed for regional stability.

His remarks Wednesday at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace think tank reflect Japanese concern with assertive behavior by China, a strategic rival.

Source: Japan: Militarized Islands Would Expand China Influence – ABC News