China's lack of transparency about its activities in the South China Sea is potentially disruptive to security in the region, a top US naval officer said yesterday as an American aircraft carrier docked in Vietnam for the first time in over four decades.
Vice-Admiral Phillip G. Sawyer, commander of the United States Seventh Fleet, which operates in the region, was referring to Chinese land reclamation and militarisation in the waterway, saying the lack of transparency about both was causing "angst" in the region.
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