US disregards Beijing’s nonsense, says it can take down South China Sea islands

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The US issued a stark warning to Beijing on Thursday, as Chinese militarization of the South China Sea creates a potential flashpoint in a longstanding battle for control of the Pacific.

  • Alex Lockie
  • Business Insider

For years, Beijing has dredged the South China Sea to build artificial islands in waters it claims as its territory.

Luse 1aSix of China’s neighbors also lay claim to conflicting patches of the South China Sea. The body of water is home to natural resources, and trillions of dollars’ worth of trade passes through every year.

In 2016, an international court ruled that China’s claims to the precious waterway were illegal, but…

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