Trump has repeatedly expressed concern over China increasing its military presence in the South China Sea, and the United States is concerned by Beijing’s continued buildup, according to an analysis by The Wall Street Journal.
In a statement issued Sunday, Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said the United State was concerned about the growing presence of China’s People’s Liberation Army in the area and said Trump was concerned China was attempting to “assert its authority over other countries” and “restrict trade” with the United Kingdom.
The Trump administration has been trying to resolve a territorial dispute with Beijing over the islands in the Spratly Islands, a resource-rich region that China claims as its own.
McMaster added the U.S. was “deeply alarmed” by China’s deployment of aircraft carriers and other warships in the region and said China was “continuing to build up its military capability.”
The report said that China’s buildup of military facilities and other military capabilities “may be intended to deter further U.N. sanctions against Beijing.”
China’s defense minister, General Zhao Ziyang, said on Sunday that Beijing had been working to build “military facilities and infrastructure in the East China Sea” and that China would continue to work with the U,N.
to solve the issue, the report said.
China has “continued to strengthen its presence” in the disputed waters, Zhao said.