FOX NEWS — Defense Secretary Ash Carter warned China Tuesday against making increasingly aggressive moves in the disputed South China Sea region, days after satellite images revealed Beijing had placed surface-to-air missiles on one of its claimed artificial reefs.
“China must not pursue militarization in the South China Sea,” China said in a speech in San Francisco. “Specific actions will have specific consequences.”
Carter said if China doesn’t heed the warning, the U.S. was prepared to increase military deployments to the Asia-Pacific region and would spend an additional $425 million to pay for more joint military exercises with countries that feel threatened by China’s actions.
Additionally, Carter said the Pentagon is planning to spend more than $8 billion next year to expand its fleet of powerful submarines and undersea drones.
“There is no question that there are consequences for these actions,” Carter said. “We have plans in all three of these categories. You’ll see them unfolding.”