Obama Asks China To Halt Construction In South China Sea
The president is on a visit to the Philippines to talk trade and, apparently, military backing of allies.By Kate Grumke | November 18, 2015
President Obama's appearance at a trade summit in the Philippines took a turn toward military power, as he called on China to stop building up islands on reefs in the South China Sea.
"We agree on the need for bold steps to lower tensions, including pledging to halt reclamation, new construction and militarization of disputed islands in the South China Sea," Obama said.
China and other countries have been reclaiming land in the resource-rich Spratly Islands since 2014, which has created a territory dispute in the region. China says its island dredging is legal and that the Spratlys are its sovereign territory.