Continuing with their determination to escalate tensions with China over the island building efforts in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, US officials today are complaining that in addition to building artificial islands, the Chinese are also putting buildings on those islands.
In an effort to take the existence of buildings as far as they possibly can, US intelligence officials say the buildings look like they could conceivably house anti-aircraft missiles, and declaring the “logical conclusion” is that such missiles must be inside those buildings.
China insisted the buildings were just “normal construction activities,” but did not rule out putting missiles on the islands, saying they would deploy “necessary and appropriate territorial defense facilities.” The Trump Administration has suggested several times they might militarily expel China from the islands.
Ownership over the Spratly chain is contested between China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines, though Philippines president Duterte has complained about US interference in the issue, accusing them of trying to suck the Philippines into a naval war with China. The US backs everyone’s claims so long as they conflict with China.