Beijing slowing South China Sea building after achieving military goals

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A U.S. military official says building on Chinese-claimed islands has been slowing, likely because they have been developed to the point where they can provide the military capability required by the Chinese.

He warns that future expansion in the area must be checked with clear and collective action, using diplomatic and economic tools to hold people accountable.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Xi Jinping breaks promise to not militarize South China Sea
2. South China Sea territorial claims
3. China building artificial islands
4. Chinese militarization of South China Sea
5. Chinese building on South China Sea slows
6. Future Chinese expansion checked using diplomatic, economic steps
7. U.S. Freedom of Navigation operations in South China Sea
8. China's third aircraft carrier
9. U.S. long-range missiles

VOICEOVER (in English):
"The South China Morning Post reports that during a presentation at the Brookings Institute, General Joseph Dunford claimed Chinese President Xi Jinping had reneged on a promise in 2016 to then-President Obama not to militarize the South China Sea."

"Despite overlapping claims by several different countries, Beijing asserts ownership of the South China Sea based on historic rights."

"In recent years, it began a massive building program to reclaim land in the disputed region by increasing the size of existing reefs or creating new islands."

"According to the Council on Foreign Relations, China has constructed ports, military installations, and airstrips on islands in the Paracels and Spratlys."

"Woody Island, in particular, has been militarized through the deployment of fighter jets, cruise missiles, and a radar system."

"According to Dunford, building on the Chinese-claimed islands has been slowing, likely because they have been developed to the point where they can provide the military capability required by the Chinese."

"He warns that future expansion in the area must be checked with clear and collective action, and not necessarily with a military response, as diplomatic and economic tools can also be used to hold people accountable."

"While the U.S. has no official position on territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea, it periodically conducts freedom of navigation operations to challenge Beijing's claims and maintain open sea lanes. This entails passing close to China-claimed reefs, which draws the ire of the Chinese."

"The South China Morning Post reports that China had recently begun construction on its third aircraft carrier, which is expected to expand its ability to launch larger and more varied aircraft."

"Beijing's military build-up has led Washington to develop long-range missiles that can be launched beyond the range of Chinese missile defence systems."

SOURCES: South China Morning Post, Council on Foreign Relations, AFP
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3012361/top-us-military-official-says-beijing-achieving-immediate
https://www.cfr.org/interactive/global-conflict-tracker/conflict/territorial-disputes-south-china-sea
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinas-president-xi-broke-promise-on-south-china-sea-says-top-us-general