Published on Nov 22, 2015
Liu also defended China’s right to build military facilities in the area. He added that Washington is challenging Beijing with its insistence on freedom of navigation in the strategic waters. Tensions are simmering between the US and China over a set of disputed islands in the South China Sea. Beijing insists that it has undisputed sovereignty over most of the region, and has been building a number of artificial islands and airfields there. Earlier this month, the Pentagon flew B-52 bombers near the Chinese artificial Islands. The US Navy also has carried out patrols near the man-made islands. Beijing has summoned the US ambassador over the moves.