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Senator: Chinese buildup in South China Sea like ‘preparing for World War III’ | Navy Times

Senator: Chinese buildup in South China Sea like ‘preparing for World War III’ | Navy Times

China’s ongoing military buildup on islands in the South China Sea is akin to “preparing for World War III,” the chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee declared on Tuesday.

The comment by Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma came during a hearing to discuss the challenges posed by rising military powers China and Russia, a discussion that included ideas on how the people can better understand the threats to the world order that America built and has benefited from for decades.

Beijing’s ongoing expansion into the Spratly archipelago agitates neighboring nations and continues to challenge international law, an assertiveness the U.S. Navy attempts to check through routine freedom of navigation operations, or FONOPs.

Source: Senator: Chinese buildup in South China Sea like ‘preparing for World War III’ | Navy Times