By Li Hongmei, Special to Sina English
U.S. Sen. John McCain warned on July 24 that China was “unnecessarily provocative” in saying it will establish a military garrison on South China Sea Islands, and called for a multilateral solution to the dispute.
China announced July 23 its troops will operate from the newly established city of Sansha in the Xisha Islands, in the South China Sea.
“The decision by China’s Central Military Commission to deploy troops to islands in the South China Sea, which are also claimed by Vietnam, is unnecessarily provocative,” McCain, R-Ariz., said in a statement.
The actions by Beijing “are disappointing and not befitting a responsible great power,” he said.
“We must continue to urge all parties with territorial claims in the South China Sea to seek a peaceful, multilateral resolution that is based on international law.”
Disputes have flared in recent weeks, with Vietnam and the Philippines criticizing what they call Chinese encroachment.
Mr. McCain’s utterance to buy him political favor at the cost of the U.S. interests and the relations with China sounds really not befitting a responsible politician at such a time when peace is more cherished than ever in a region, where Washington is eyeing to “pivot” onto.