Beijing's South China Sea activities causing angst: US fleet commander

Lack of transparency potentially disruptive to security, he says on USS Carl Vinson's Vietnam visit

The USS Carl Vinson arriving in Danang on Monday. US officials heralded the visit of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier as a milestone in ties between the US and Vietnam, once bitter enemies during the Vietnam War.
The USS Carl Vinson arriving in Danang on Monday. US officials heralded the visit of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier as a milestone in ties between the US and Vietnam, once bitter enemies during the Vietnam War.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 07, 2018, with the headline 'Beijing's South China Sea activities causing angst: US fleet commander'. Subscribe