US Secretary of Defence Ash Carter and Philippine counterpart Voltaire Gazmin depart the USS John C. Stennis. Photo: AFP
US Secretary of Defence Ash Carter and Philippine counterpart Voltaire Gazmin depart the USS John C. Stennis. Photo: AFP

Military tensions in South China Sea spurring Beijing to strengthen defences in disputed waters, say analysts

Move by US to create maritime alliance will push PLA towards stepping up construction on artificial islands, they say

Topic |   South China Sea
US Secretary of Defence Ash Carter and Philippine counterpart Voltaire Gazmin depart the USS John C. Stennis. Photo: AFP
US Secretary of Defence Ash Carter and Philippine counterpart Voltaire Gazmin depart the USS John C. Stennis. Photo: AFP
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