03 June 2016
China is “regrettably” steering toward a policy of intimidation and coercion as it militarises the South China Sea at a “startling and destabilising rate,” said US senator John McCain at an event in Singapore on Friday (3 June).
Making a plea to defend the rules-based order in Asia, McCain said that there have been “disturbing signs” of such a policy including the Chinese conducting dangerous intercepts of military aircraft flying in legal airspace, harassing fishermen from the region, cyber-theft of intellectual property and using trade as a weapon.
Speaking at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies Public Lecture at Marina Mandarin Singapore, McCain said that China has to make a choice on how it uses its growing power.
RSIS / Online
Last updated on 07/06/2016