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U.S. Pacific Chief: China’s New Islands Are Clearly Military Bases.

Airbus Defence and Space imagery dated 14 November 2014 shows Chinese land reclamation operations under way at Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea.(Photo Credit to © CNES 2014, Distribution Airbus DS / Spot Image / IHS)

Airbus Defence and Space imagery dated 14 November 2014 shows Chinese land reclamation operations under way at Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea.(Photo Credit to © CNES 2014, Distribution Airbus DS / Spot Image / IHS)

ASPEN, Colo. – The top U.S. military officer in the Pacific sternly warned China on Friday to immediately cease its “aggressive coercive island building” in the South China Sea, which he argued was intended clearly for China’s military use as forward operating bases in combat against their regional neighbors.

Adm. Harry Harris, commander of U.S.Pacific Command, said the U.S. would use military force to defend its interests and its allies against any threats from the islands.

“I believe those facilities are clearly military in nature,” Harris said at the Aspen Security Forum, an annual gathering in Colorado of dozens of topU.S. national security leaders, convened by the Aspen Institute. READ ARTICLE HERE

Airbus Defence and Space imagery shows changes to Fiery Cross Reef observed between February and March 2015. Noteworthy is the beginning of airfield installation in March, and the relocation of some dredging activity out of the harbour. (Photo credit © CNES 2015, Distribution Airbus DS / Spot Image / IHS) 1569026

Airbus Defence and Space imagery shows changes to Fiery Cross Reef observed between February and March 2015. Noteworthy is the beginning of airfield installation in March, and the relocation of some dredging activity out of the harbour. (Photo credit © CNES 2015, Distribution Airbus DS / Spot Image / IHS) 1569026