The US has questioned China’s building projects in the South China Sea, such as this maritime rescue centre on Yongshu Reef, which opened in January. Photo: People’s Daily

China’s island-building and ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ are part of same defence strategy, says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

  • Overseas infrastructure deals and building in South China Sea are both about national security, he says, drawing closer link between the two
  • US is working to ensure countries ‘understand the threat’ of signing up for projects on Beijing’s terms – and Asia is waking up to it, he says
Topic |   US-China relations

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The US has questioned China’s building projects in the South China Sea, such as this maritime rescue centre on Yongshu Reef, which opened in January. Photo: People’s Daily
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Robert Delaney

Robert Delaney

Robert Delaney is the Post’s North America bureau chief. He spent 11 years in China as a language student and correspondent for Dow Jones Newswires and Bloomberg, and continued covering the country as a correspondent and an academic after leaving. His debut novel, The Wounded Muse, draws on actual events that played out in Beijing while he lived there.