China Responds To Obama’s South China Sea Remarks: U.S. Is Paranoid, Meddlesome, Irresponsible Full Of Hypocrisy

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A satellite image supplied by the US-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies shows Chinese dredgers working at the northernmost reclamation site of Mischief Reef, part of the Spratly Islands, in the South China Sea, on March 17.
A satellite image supplied by the US-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies shows Chinese dredgers working at the northernmost reclamation site of Mischief Reef, part of the Spratly Islands, in the South China Sea, on March 17. Photo: CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

By Stuart Leavenworth

— China accused the United States of hypocrisy Friday over President Barack Obama’s comments that the rising Asian power is using its “sheer size and muscle” to intimidate other nations in the South China Sea.

Satellite photos published this week showed that Chinese dredgers are effectively building an island of sand on a reef in the Spratly Islands, which the Chinese call the Nansha Islands. The area – appropriately named Mischief Reef – sits off the coasts of Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia, all of which have claims on the Spratlys, as do Brunei and Taiwan.

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