Top US commander slams China’s activities in South China Sea
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Top US commander slams China’s activities in South China Sea

WASHINGTON (AP) — The commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific has delivered some choice put-downs of China as tensions rise over Beijing’s build-up in the disputed South China Sea.

While U.S. and Chinese diplomats cushion their barbs over who is to blame for militarizing the region, there was little mistaking the meaning of Adm. Harry Harris, Jr., when he testified to Congress this week.

On Wednesday, he described Chinese militarization as being “as certain as a traffic jam” in Washington D.C. On Tuesday, he said that to believe otherwise, “you have to believe in a flat Earth.”

He has also dismissed as “tone deaf” the Chinese government official who had compared China’s deployment of defense facilities on land features in the South China Sea to what the U.S. does in Hawaii.