Senators Seek U.S. Strategy to Stop China's South China Sea Reclamation

Leading U.S. senators expressed alarm on Thursday at the scale and speed of China's land reclamation in the South China Sea and said a formal U.S. strategy was needed to slow or stop the work. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Republican Senators John McCain and Bob Corker and Democrats Jack Reed and Bob Menendez said that without a comprehensive strategy "long-standing interests of the United States, as well as our allies and partners, stand at considerable risk." The letter said Gaven Reef had grown about 28 acres in the past year and previously submerged Johnson Reef was now a 25-acre “island.”